Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) 21 regional groups are preparing to launch an equalities focused week of events and social media campaign across Scotland on w/c Monday 16th November 2020. The week campaign will be aimed at employers, parents and young people that promotes, illustrates and celebrates diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
The key to success of the DYW strategy is partnership working and here we spotlight this in practice.
When travelling around our region it is highly likely you will have passed a Robertson Construction site. Robertson have a large portfolio of work across the city including the regeneration of Pennywell and Muirhouse Town Centre, the Royal Highland Showground Pavilion and the Raeburn Place Sporting Ground.
In this edition we shine a spotlight on our very own Emma Lacey. Emma joined us from High School almost three years ago as an Apprentice in Business Administration and is on a great journey to a career in Marketing and Design. Emma was keen to get into the world of work and felt the apprenticeship pathway was right for her.
This time of the year is traditionally when we are busy with our schools, supporting them with planning and delivering their annual career events. These events are always well supported and attended by our industry partners, who look forward to informing and inspiring our young people, parents/carers and educators.
Heriot-Watt University has created January start dates across the majority of its Graduate Apprenticeships programmes in a bid to help businesses and boost the economy.
Many of the social issues and inequalities being talked about as a result of the current pandemic are not new. The groups of people in the UK who suffered disproportionately from poverty before are the same ones whose vulnerability is exposed now - young people are more than twice as likely to work for employers that have closed down; black and minority ethnic communities seem to be more at risk from the virus; women make up 77% of high risk workers, 80% of unpaid carers and 69% of low earners.
At Audit Scotland we offer a fantastic training scheme to school leavers which allows the opportunity to ‘earn as you learn’. We take on one or two school leavers each year, who join our trainee programme together with our graduates. This trainee programme lasts 5 years and our trainees study with ICAS to become a Chartered Accountant.
Developing the Young Workforce, Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy, has strong roots in how industry and education work collaboratively to nurture Scotland’s future workforce. Yet, as we embark on a new academic term, laced with ‘new normal’ in the water, we are becoming familiar with yet so much unchartered territory; how do we continue this collaboration so when the time is right for you to invest in the ‘hiring’ the investment now in informing and inspiring offers you a talent pipeline of industry ready young people?