DYW is changing the way the business and education worlds connect, the curriculum is changing to reflect business needs and young people are developing vocationally alongside the more traditional qualifications taught at school. Here’s your chance to be involved.
Partner With a School or College
Businesses across Scotland are forming meaningful relationships with schools and other education providers. We are helping local employers to build and develop these partnerships for the mutual benefit of both parties. Our Partnership Model ensures we can find the best fit for your needs while providing a clear structure for educational engagement with impact.
What this means for you as a business is that a partnership can be tailored to suit the needs of both you and the education provider, meaning that your involvement can be big or small. What matters most is that it brings benefit to your business and to young people.
Benefits of forming a partnership with a local school or college include:
The opportunity to promote your industry and show-case the opportunities within it
A steady flow of Early Careers engagement to create your future talent pipeline
Directly contributing to young people developing the right skills for the workplace
The chance to raise business profile and reputation within the community
Providing Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for your staff
Being part of a wider business network who are directly influencing our young
The opportunity to shape the curriculum in partnership with education
Mentoring a young person is not only a great way to develop a young person’s skills and confidence, it is also a fantastic development opportunity for you and your staff.
You may be familiar with the idea of mentoring but are not sure how to go about getting started. That's why the DYW Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian team supports Career Ready and MCR Pathways, both are fantastic organisations who offer a structured mentoring programme, making it easy for you to get involved.
We provide a free half day workshop to support employers in preparing to ‘Mentoring Young People’ find out more HERE (NEED LINK)
Mentoring can be a transformational experience for both the pupil and for you. However, we understand that you need to know whether it aligns with your business needs before you commit. We have therefore taken the liberty of summarising a few of the key things to be aware of as an employer.
Career Ready is a 2-year programme aimed at S5 pupils
There is a commitment of approximately 2 mentor/mentee meetings per term
The programme includes provision of a 4-week paid Summer internship
Ready to find out more? Click the Career Ready logo below for further information.
Involves a one year Mentoring commitment aimed at S3 pupils who are care experienced
There is a commitment of approximately one mentor meeting per week, usually up to one hour at a set date and time
The programme does include Talent tasters in S1 – S3 and your company could be involved in these too
Ready to find out more? Click the MCR Pathways Logo below for further information.
Provide Career Advice
We all remember what it was like trying to make career decisions. It isn’t always easy knowing what opportunities are out there and what skills employers are looking for.
Engaging with education is a great way for employers to highlight the opportunities available within their industry and to educate young people about the skills required to be successful in the working world.
There are a range of ways in which you can get involved in providing career advice to local young people, including:
Delivering a Career Talk within a classroom environment
Attending a Careers Fair at a local school or college
Providing support with employability skills such as conducting mock interviews for pupils
Delivering masterclasses on topics such as CV writing or interview techniques
Providing Continuous Professional Development (CPD) sessions to teachers
These activities can support your business to raise awareness of your industry, which will not only inspire young people to consider new career options, it will also inform them of what they need to do to get there, which – in terms of talent attraction - is of huge benefit.
We provide a free half day workshop to support employers in preparing to ‘Inspire Young Minds’ find out more HERE (NEED LINK)
If you would like to get involved in providing Career Advice, please contact Sophie Dawes or Neil Pedersen on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0131 221 2999 option 9.
Do you already have an opportunity in mind that you would like to offer? Simply click below to register for our online tool and start connecting with local schools.
There is no better way to allow others to gain an insight into your industry than to facilitate a school or college visit to your business. Showing pupils/students – and teachers/lecturers – around your organisation is a great way of bringing your industry to life; it gives people an understanding of the working environment and the opportunities available. Employers find that hosting site visits is a great way of promoting their industry to the next generation workforce, and to their direct influencers.
Getting pupils involved in an innovative business project can help students to understand the business world and to learn practical, work-based skills. Pupil involvement in projects can also add value to any business through the fresh ideas and insight that young people can contribute.
Business projects are a great way of:
Highlighting the importance of listening and following instructions
Demonstrating how to work together as part of a team
Developing pupils’ communication and presentation skills
Improving organisational and project management skills
If this is an activity you would like to get involved in, please contact Sophie Dawes or Neil Pedersen on email@example.com or call us on 0131 221 2999 option 9, and we can support you in taking the next steps
Already have a business project that you want to get pupils involved in?
School competitions are a great way of getting the next generation workforce to think outside the box and come up with innovative ideas which can provide real added value to businesses. Several local employers are already blazing a trail when it comes to triggering the competitive spirit in local schools. Thanks to their involvement, young people are developing key skills such as creativity, planning and teamwork which will help them to kickstart their career, whilst employers are benefitting from the future talent pool they have a direct role in shaping and developing.
School competitions have one thing in common – they all started with an idea. A simple idea can lead to a great opportunity, whether it is on a small or large scale, whether it is delivered in one school or in ten schools.
If you want support to implement your idea, please contact Sophie Dawes or Neil Pedersen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0131 221 2999 option 9, and we can support you in taking the next steps
Alternatively, you can use our online tool "Marketplace" to share details of the competition you want to offer.
We understand that, for many employers, the perception of a work placement is that they are required to offer a traditional week-long placement in the workplace, a format which employers have told us is not always right for their business. This is why we wanted to let you know that work placements have changed to make way for an approach which is much more flexible and tailored. Placement options now range from bite-size placements through to extended placements, therefore offering employers much more choice when it comes to providing opportunities.
Definition (Education Scotland) Work placements should enable young people to experience a relevant, challenging, enjoyable and appropriate learning experience within the contemporary workplace. A placement should help the young person to make informed decisions about their future careers.
It can be challenging for young people to get their foot on the career ladder. This is why it is so important for young people to have as many opportunities as possible to gain real life work experience before entering the world of work. If young people are not exposed to the working world while they are still at school, how can we expect them to be fully armed with the work-based skills and understanding that we need from them when they are in employment?
By offering an opportunity which will fit around your individual business needs, young people are more likely to have a positive, more meaningful experience which will develop the essential core skills that employers are looking for.
We provide a free half day workshop to support employers in preparing to ‘Delivering Meaningful Work Placements’ find out more HERE (NEED LINK)