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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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