A head and shoulders shot of Megan McCubbin

Over 3000 North-east pupils are set to gain an understanding of future learning and career pathways when they attend Lift Off & Grow 2022 from 1-2 June.

The two-day online event will be streamed to senior pupils across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire and is being organised by Aberdeen City Council in partnership with Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) North East. The aim: to inform and inspire young people about the huge variety of career and study opportunities in the region as it rises to the challenge of climate change.

“Lift Off & Grow is an outstanding opportunity for employers to connect with young people, who are on the cusp of leaving school and seeking guidance and inspiration about their next steps,” says Margo Milne, director, DYW North East. “This year’s event is being delivered using a sophisticated digital platform, allowing companies to participate in the way that suits them best - from taking part in an online panel session to presenting virtually, or running an interactive workshop. Those who can’t attend on the day have still been able to provide support by submitting pre-recorded content. It is crucial that young people hear directly from employers, so we are very grateful to all those who are getting involved with the event.”

In keeping with the event theme of climate change, Lift Off 2022 will be opened by keynote speaker Megan McCubbin. A zoologist, wildlife TV presenter and conservationist, Megan is perhaps best-known for her appearances on BBC’s Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch programmes.

Mark Jones, Quality Improvement Manager, Aberdeen City Council said: “It is vitally important that young people have access to role models. Megan is a particularly good fit for Lift Off 2022 as we know how passionate young people are about the environment and the impact that climate change will have on their lives. With experience of reporting on issues such as plastic pollution, Megan is sure to make an inspiring and interesting keynote speaker.”

Further information about Lift Off 2022 will be shared directly with schools and pupils in the run-up to the event.