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.
Great opportunity for young people in S4-S6 to meet with employers who have planned and live recruitment activity in Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships, full and part time job vacancies and paid internships. The event, on 4th March 2020, will take place at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange between 9am - 3pm. School pupils can book to attend through their guidance team at school and those not in school can drop in on the day.
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.
Jack is a young person from Lasswade High School. He has just completed a 4 week Career Ready internship here at DYW.
#NoWrongPath is a social media movement which celebrates the range and diversity of career paths in Scotland. Established in 2017, this award-winning campaign aims to provide inspiration and reassurance to young people who are receiving their exam results.
Emma is a Business Support and Communications Officer for Team DYW. Starting in this role after completing a Modern Apprenticeship in Business Administration. Emma tells us her Work Ready story.
Developing the Young Workforce Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian is urging local apprentice employers and apprentices to get involved in the 2019 Scottish Apprenticeship Challenge, to make a difference in their area.
From school to Chair of the Scottish Executive Committee at Lloyds Banking Group.
A Conversation with Philip Grant.
By Michelle Fenwick
Following our WorkReady? Regional Conference we now launch our #CreateDontWait campaign which aims to empower young people to proactively take control of their time while in education and beyond, to pursue activities which will support the development of transferable skills for the world of work, supporting them to be ‘Work Ready’.
On the 22nd May, the Regional Developing the Young Workforce team brought together industry, young people, educators and careers advisers for a one day conference focusing on Work Readiness. Exploring what it means, how can young people get work ready and how can we all be involved.
Plans are under way to launch what is billed as Scotland’s first nationwide schools programme for financial services, which aims to support thousands of young people a year from a range of backgrounds. The move follows two years of planning and the completion of a successful pilot in Edinburgh involving companies including Baillie Gifford, Nucleus Financial and Standard Life Aberdeen.
Employers want Work Ready Young people. But what does this mean in reality?
Our 2019 Regional Conference, hosted on 22nd May 2019 at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange, will bring together young people, educators and industry to explore the meaning of work readiness, what is involved and how we can all work together to make a difference for the young people in our region.