As the situation with Covid-19 (Coronavirus) continues to evolve, we want to provide you with an update on what this means for Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) in Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian as of Monday 23rd March 2020.
Returning for a 5th year Jobs Roadshow will see around 70 employers with live vacancies come face to face with young people at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange on Wednesday 4th March with the aim to get Scotland’s future workforce Informed, Inspired and Hired.
Nationally, Developing the Young Workforce announced ‘Youth unemployment has decreased by 48%’ however; there is a complex picture underneath this headline position, and one in which it is apparent that some groups of young people are particularly disadvantaged.
In this edition the spotlight is firmly on the group of pupils from Drummond Community High School who have well and truly been inspired by a partnership programme between industry and education.
The Young Enterprise Scotland Company Programme has been a consistent part of many school’s programme of learning in Scotland for many years. This year at James Gillespies High School in Edinburgh, as part of the S5 choice electives which take place during period 1 on a Wednesday, eight of their young people have opted to join the Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) Company Programme which is the ultimate business experience for S5 and S6 pupils in Scottish High Schools.
Understanding what money is and how to manage it is a basic life skill that all young people should be given an opportunity to learn. The Museum on the Mound, Lloyds Banking Group and the University of Edinburgh Business School have been working in partnership to deliver an exciting new financial education project for primary pupils in Edinburgh to help them do exactly this.
This quarter our spotlight on a partner employer highlights the diverse work of Robertson Construction. A UK-wide company, Robertson Construction have supported the work of DYW Edinburgh, Midlothian & East Lothian for over several years and have helped to shape good practice in the region for how industry can engage with young people in education.
Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) is a registered charity which inspires and educates young people from all backgrounds through a range of enterprise and entrepreneurship programmes.
In May 2019, over 40 educators from across Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian took part in the region’s first ever Educator Placement Month. Over the course of the month, these teachers, careers advisors and lecturers went out into industry to gain valuable insight into a huge variety of jobs and sectors.
During the week of the 11th November 2019, DYW Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian along with other DYW groups, organisations and partners took part in the #ajobforeverybody campaign.
This quarter’s young person spotlight is on pupils from Pilrig Park. These young people are showcasing the fantastic work experience placements that they have participated in over the last few months and talking about how important it has been for them to understand what the world of work looks like.
This quarter we feature one of our employer partners, Baillie Gifford and the work they are involved in to diversify their workforce and attract more young people into the industry.
For our spotlight in education we focus on and officially launch the great work of Louise Carroll, Ross High School East Lothian and Emma Whittingham, Lasswade High School, Midlothian; on creating our regional Curriculum Posters. Alongside this we highlight a fantastic tool which supports schools in getting the best employer engagement for young people.
Young people in Midlothian, their parents and teachers are invited to an event to find out more about the different opportunities in the construction and engineering industry.
Whether you’re mentoring young people through work placements, apprenticeships or jobs this free training workshop offers practical insights and guidance to hone the skills required.
This workshop will provide you with support in the delivery of meaningful work placements for young people that offer the best value to your business.
This free training workshop will increase your confidence to discuss your industry to a young audience and provide you with top tips to plan and deliver activities in school or college.
Empowering Youth: Scotland’s Developing the Young Workforce Strategy wins the Future Policy Silver Award
The Award crowns the World Most Impactful Policies Empowering Youth. Other winning policies from Rwanda, Estonia, Nepal, Los Angeles, Senegal, South Africa and Europe.
‘Work Readiness’ is one of the top key drivers of employer engagement with young people in education. However; young people, employers and educators are not all on the same page when they talk about this which impacts on the preparation and recruitment for work readiness. Understanding this led to a research piece which aimed to highlight the disparity of perceptions and find out what needs to change.
The team at Developing the Young Workforce have been working in partnership with Hjorring Municipality in the North of Denmark to share best practice and inspire the creation of their youth strategy which was successfully launched in May 2019.
I left Lasswade High School in the summer of 2015 in 5th year with 2 Highers in Art and Graphic Communication. At school I studied art and graphics because drawing was already a hobby of mine and I really enjoyed it. However, I wanted to be an Egyptologist, an archaeologist who specializes in Egyptology and had planned to go into a career in history but I was struggling with the workload in Higher history alongside my other subjects and was informed I couldn’t sit the final exam.
This May marked the unveiling of a brand new event for young people in our region; Jobs Kingdom Live’. The first event of its kind in Scotland, Jobs Kingdom Live gave all P5 students in East Lothian the opportunity to try out different jobs and learn new skills across many sectors, so that children can consider their future career path earlier in the academic journey. The children also received Jobs Kingdom Live ‘money’ for their work which they exchanged for a goodie bag.
Our spotlight on a partner employer highlights the great work of Canon UK.
When we think of Canon we think of cameras right? Well, Canon UK have been working with DYW Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian and our thoughts have broadened to think of employability, skills and investment in young people.
The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership (SCQFP) has launched a campaign to encourage employers and HR departments to use SCQF levels in recruitment processes.
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