Moray's Aspiring Film Trainee Awards 2017

December 19, 2017

DYW Moray provided the fantastic opportunity for Moray Pupils to work with Northport Studio to create 6 Industry Films that focus on the careers available in Moray.  These were focussed on the key growth sectors identified for the Moray Skills Framework which was launched back in May by Maxine Scott, Education Support Officer at the Moray Council.  


Initially, 84 pupils from Elgin High School, Keith Grammar School, Buckie High School and Speyside High School stepped forward to be involved in a bid process.  They had to create film storyboards for the Northport Studio team to select the best to take forward with the project.  15 pupils (6 teams) were selected.  The selected pupils firstly got the opportunity to attend two Summer Workshops to begin their research.   The teams were tasked to come up with 4 organisations within their assigned Sector that they wished to interview for the films and also got the opportunity to get a feel of the equipment and programmes they were to be using throughout the project with the Northport Team.


After the Summer, the pupils then began to go out with the Northport Team to film interviews with employees within their chosen organisations.  Thereafter, the Northport Team and the pupils pulled together the footage and with editing etc. now complete DYW Moray now have 6 brilliant industry films showcasing the careers available in Moray…which leads us on to our MAFTAs 2017.


The MAFTAs, Moray’s Aspiring Film Trainee Awards, which was held at the new Elgin High School on 18th December 2017 showcased the 6 Films and an Awards Ceremony took place. We saw the winning team from Speyside High School who had contributed most to the project which Northport selected, awarded £500 from DYW Moray to go towards equipment for their school and a pristine school trophy.  


The films were based on the following sectors identified for the Moray Skills Framework: IT & Creative Industries, Early Learning and Childcare, Land Based, Food, Drink & Tourism, Business & Professional Services and Engineering.


Furthermore, the following organisations had employees representing their sector within the films that were showcased:


Lossie Entertainment Academy

Banffshire Advertiser


Hunted Cow 

Moray College UHI Nursery

Millbank Primary

Ladybird Development Group


Pitgaveny Farm

Christies of Fochabers

Forestry Commission

James Jones 

Walkers Shortbread

Brodie Castle

Strathisla Distillery

The Loft

CCL Property


Johnston and Carmichael

Moray Council 


McDonald & Munro

Green Moray Renewables

Aberlour Engineering


DYW Moray were absolutely delighted with the amount of people who came on the night to support our pupils, businesses and teachers who were involved in the project.  There were some truly inspirational speakers from the organisations, representing their sector who spoke prior to the film being shown.  Also, the pupils got the opportunity to describe their experience of the project and they represented their schools tremendously.  


Sarah Baxter, DYW Manager hosted the evening, Joan Mackay, Assistant Director of Education Scotland also spoke from a national perspective and Jill Armitt, Chair of the DYW Moray Board closed the evening with a motivating and inspirational speech.


Each of the 15 pupils who were involved in the project were awarded a trophy to recognise each of their efforts individually and the teachers who supported them received a small token of thanks. 


Throughout the evening, we had an additional pupil who was interested in photography from Elgin High School who took professional photographs along with the Northport Team and the catering was also set up by 6th Year Pupils within the School. 


Sarah Baxter, DYW Manager said, 


"This event was one to be remembered.  It recognised all of our pupils achievements from the beginning of the project until the end.  The films were absolutely brilliant and will be promoted nationally to inspire our young people in to the world of work and we will announce when the films are polished where they will be available soon.  DYW Moray hope that this sets the standard for the Year of the Young People 2018 as so many pupils were involved throughout the entirety of the project.  We are proud to have created such a brilliant opportunity in Moray."




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