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.
At DYW we have seen the positive impact of when businesses are involved in informing and inspiring young people while they are still in education.
With over 5000 placements required each year for young people in our region, this training will give you valuable advice, guidance and a best practice toolkit.
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 year for the month of May, teachers and careers advisers from across Edinburgh, Midlothian & East Lothian will have the opportunity to spend a day in industry. This day will provide educators with the chance to discover more about different industry sectors, the types of roles available and the pathways into these jobs.
Jobs Kingdom Live is an inspiring and interactive event for all the P5 pupils (8-10yrs) in East Lothian. This fantastic event will give pupils an opportunity to experience lots of different jobs in a variety of sectors through fun, interactive workshop sessions.
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2019 was a busy week for team DYW in Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian. On Wednesday 6th March Over 1000 young people on the brink of joining the workforce connected with 72 recruiting businesses at Jobs Roadshow.
Up to 70 recruiting employers will come face to face with over 1500 young people on 6th March at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange in a bid to Inform, Inspire and Hire their future workforce. It is anticipated that over 1,000 vacancies will be on show at the event making it the best place to find out about the opportunities available after leaving school and college.
Edinburgh College, Skills Development Scotland and Developing the Young Workforce are co-hosting an information evening for parents of pupils from Schools in Edinburgh, East and Mid Lothian. This event will provide all the information you need to know about the new types of Apprenticeships and career pathways.
Targeted at young people aged 15 - 24, this years Jobs Roadshow will host over 60 exhibitors showcasing live vacancies. The event, on 6th March 2019, will take place at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange between 9am - 4pm. School pupils can book to attend through their guidance team at school and those not in school can drop in on the day.
The Flexible Workforce Development Fund provides eligible employers with up to £15,000 worth of training from their local college, to up-skill and re-skill their existing workforce. It is available to all Apprenticeship levy-paying employers in Scotland across the private, public and third sector, and will be led by employer demand.
Marketplace is the go to for industry and schools and colleges to connect. The digital tool helps build young people’s job readiness and increases their career options. At the same time, employers can help shape young talent, address skills gaps and source their future workforce.
Parents and Educators have a significant influence on young peoples' career choices. So it’s important to be aware of not just how things worked when we were at school, what options were available then – but what the now and the future of work looks like for our pupils.