Business Brunches 2018

Inspiring Scotland’s future global workforce

We are delighted to announce that SCILT, in partnership with Developing the Young Workforce and the University Council of Modern Languages Scotland, will be hosting a series of five Business Brunch events across Scotland over the course of January and February 2018. These events will take place in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.

Aimed specifically at S3 – S6 pupils, these events will demonstrate the relevance of language skills in a work context with the intention of encouraging pupils to continue with their language studies into the senior phase of their secondary education and beyond.

Schools will be invited to nominate up to ten pupils who will be able to discover how languages can enhance communication skills, motivation and employability opportunities in line with 'Developing the young workforce', Scotland’s youth employment strategy, and the National Improvement Framework.

Young people will hear from a wide range of dynamic business leaders who view languages as a key skill in today’s globalised world and engage with exhibitors whilst enjoying refreshments.

In addition, we will highlight the benefits of offering the SVQ unit 'Building your own Employability Skills' from the Languages for Life and Work Award, because it can be an effective stepping stone for the employability context in National 4/5, Higher and Advanced Higher

The purpose of the exhibitor gallery is to present opportunities to speak with representatives from a variety of businesses. Young people will be able to ask questions directly and discover more about the range of careers and employment opportunities available within each of the sectors present.

The networking with exhibitors will be followed by a keynote speaker after which pupils will be invited to listen to two interesting presentations. They will be allocated into groups prior to the event and will be able to hear first-hand the important role that languages play in the business community. To finish off the day, an inspirational speaker will address pupils.

School Registration

We would advise you to select learners who are as yet undecided about whether they wish to continue with their language studies.

  • 10 January 2018: University of Dundee - Register now
    Deadline to register, 30 November

  • 12 January 2018: University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (FULL) 
  • 22 January 2018: Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness - Register now
    Deadline to register, 30 November

  • 30 January 2018: Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh - Register now via Marketplace.
    Deadline to register, 24 November

    For this event only, places are restricted to S3 pupils and allocated to the following authorities:
    City of Edinburgh
    East Lothian
    Scottish Borders (FULL)
    West Lothian (FULL)

    Please note: If you do not have an account on Marketplace, you will receive a message stating:
    'Access denied, you are not authorised to access this page'.
    Click the Register button at the top of the page to create an account and it will then direct you to the event page once you have signed up.

  • 07 February 2018: The Aberdeen Altens Hotel, Aberdeen (FULL)

Individual Registration

External organisations who wish to apply for an individual place should contact the organiser directly and confirm the following:

  1. Name
  2. Job title
  3. Organisation
  4. The event you wish to attend and why
  5. Preferred contact email address

2017 Highlights

Twitter logoWe had plenty of feedback and comments on Twitter from attendees at the Business Brunch events.

We have collated a selection of these in our Business Brunches 2017 Storify.

Visit the Business Brunches 2017 pages to find out more about these successful events.