Nine city schools are taking part in a national initiative to bring together the worlds of business and school.
Career Academies will see students follow a two-year programme alongside their school curriculum, and is designed to help them progress to higher education or work.
Councillor Paul Godzik, the city’s education convener, said: “Career Academies is already proving to provide an invaluable opportunity to some of our pupils. By giving them the confidence they need to take those first steps in the right direction we are increasing their chances of going on to do something they want once they finish school.”
Career Academies forms part of the city-wide strategy, the Edinburgh Guarantee, to help pupils move into work or education following secondary school.
More than 80 fifth and sixth-year pupils took part in yesterday’s launch event at The Royal High School.
Cllr Godzik added: “I would like to thank all the businesses and mentors for their involvement to date and to encourage other local businesses to get involved.”