Council workers, including the chief executive, have signed up to mentor Aberdeen school pupils.
Angela Scott is one of 17 workers from Aberdeen City Council to enlist in the Career Ready Initiative.
The project links S5 and S6 pupils from 12 secondary schools across the north-east with staff from more than 30 businesses, including the Evening Express, in the aim of introducing them to the world of work.
Councillor Ryan Houghton, vice-convener of the staff governance committee, said: “The programme is an excellent opportunity to share the knowledge and experience of our staff with young people eager to take their first steps on the path to a rewarding career and to provide support that we hope will have a really positive influence.”
As well as the mentoring service, which will last for two years, S5 and S6 pupils will be given a paid four-week internship, a look behind the scenes at their assigned workplace and a series of employment-related masterclasses.
Anne Wexelstein, director for Scotland at Career Ready, said: “We would like to thank our network of employer supporters who continue to provide fantastic support each year and make the Career Ready programme possible in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.”