More than 179 fourth year pupils from 14 Highland schools enjoyed a team-building day at the Black Isle Showground in Muir of Ord, as part of the new Bridge to Employment programme.
Activities on the day ranged from crossing a (hypothetical) minefield and building an ideal town, bridge-building and moving toxic liquid safely.
The business-education partnership model, inspired by Johnson & Johnson, has been delivered in Highland by LifeScan Scotland.
It promotes a set of employability skills while demonstrating the application in a real business setting of science, technology, engineering and maths subjects known as STEM that young people will be studying at mainly National 5 level in the coming school year.
Councillor Alasdair Christie, chairman of The Highland Council’s Education, Children and Adult Services Committee, said: “Job-seeking, mentoring, enterprise and leadership skills are all developed through the Bridge to Employment activities which are designed to encourage potential among our young people.”
This year, in addition to LifeScan Scotland, three other companies – Highlands and Islands Airports, SSE and Capgemini – will run a Bridge to Employment programme.