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.
With over 2000 live opportunities and careers development guidance and a bite sized CV workshop available for students about to leave school or college as well as those who have left in the last three years.
Employers from business were impressed by the level of the talent, confidence and drive the young people expressed at the event. Organisers anticipate a significant number of opportunities will be secured as a result of the programme, including full and part time employment, apprenticeships and paid internships.
FUSE at the retail and Hospitality Academy at Edinburgh St James sponsored Jobs Roadshow and had a fantastic day connecting with future talent. Rochelle Burgess, Associate Director, Edinburgh St James states;
‘Many young people may not be aware of the broad range of jobs and careers available in Retail, Hospitality and Tourism. Jobs Roadshow provided us with a great opportunity to share this information and inspire attendees to consider working in these sectors. We look for people who are passionate about people and many of the young people in attendance stood out on the day, we look forward to seeing their applications come in’ we look forward to engaging further in the coming months
A social media campaign as part of Scotland’s Biggest Parents Evening was also run on the day. The campaign aimed raise parental awareness of apprenticeships.
Director of Career Information, Advice and Guidance Operations at Skills Development Scotland, James Russell said; “Parents play an important role in young people’s decision making and so the events taking place as part of Scotland’s Biggest Parents Evening are a great opportunity for this audience to find out about the opportunities in and benefits of apprenticeships.
“Every year, apprenticeships enable thousands of individuals to develop skills for the future and invest in their careers.”
The roadshow, is just one of the initiatives established by the Regional ‘Developing Young Workforce’ (DYW) group for Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian. The team also worked in partnership to deliver Working Futures Event with Edinburgh College and Skills Development Scotland. This event, also targeted at parents, was a great success. Feedback identified that those who were not already considering apprenticeships as an option for a family member were now open to this.
DYW Programme Director, Michelle Fenwick said ‘The impact of events like these take some time to come to fruition, what we do know is that many more young people along with their parents and carers are now more informed and inspired about career pathways and apprenticeships as a result.’