Now more than ever it’s vital that we celebrate and showcase the essential jobs that key workers across Scotland are doing. In the first week of June the national Developing the Young Workforce network are coming together for the #DYWKeyWorkers campaign.
“It makes such a difference to a young person’s life. To have a person, coming from outside of school, to see you once a week... that person just for you. That one-to-one relationship, I think, is invaluable.” Craigroyston Community High School Deputy Headteacher, Karen Smart.
May 2019 marked the unveiling of a brand new event for young people in our region. 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 across many sectors and learn new skills.
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.
There’s no secret about it, the world of work is undergoing profound change. The degree to which technology and artificial intelligence is accelerating the pace of change and the fundamental business models that exist is phenomenal.
On 28th January this year, eleven of Edinburgh’s best known tourist attractions and hospitality partners came together to provide an interactive and informative experience for almost 200 S2 pupils from Holy Rood RC High School as part of "A Day in Edinburgh" project.
During the current situation around COVID-19 the DYW team have been busy exploring options that will enable young people to access resources and opportunities that are digital/virtual. Now more than ever it’s vital that we work together to strengthen young peoples’ understanding of the world of work and help to prepare them for the workplace.
What a year it’s been for DYW Edinburgh, Midlothian & East Lothian. The start of the new financial year gives us an opportunity to look back on some of the brilliant activities from across the region over the last 12 months.
The FDF Scotland Lockdown Challenge is a fun challenge for young people (of any age), parents, carers and educators to take part in.
The 21 regional DYW groups are working together to continue to inspire young people to consider a variety of careers when being home schooled and who better to do that but parents and guardians.
Whether you’re mentoring young people through work placements, apprenticeships or jobs this free training webinar offers practical insights and guidance to hone the skills required. During the session you will explore key mentoring skills and will also receive a detailed guide to mentoring that is packed full of practical hints and tips as well as sources of reference for further self-directed learning.
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.
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.
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