This time of the year is traditionally when we are busy with our schools, supporting them with planning and delivering their annual career events. These events are always well supported and attended by our industry partners, who look forward to informing and inspiring our young people, parents/carers and educators.
Many of the social issues and inequalities being talked about as a result of the current pandemic are not new. The groups of people in the UK who suffered disproportionately from poverty before are the same ones whose vulnerability is exposed now - young people are more than twice as likely to work for employers that have closed down; black and minority ethnic communities seem to be more at risk from the virus; women make up 77% of high risk workers, 80% of unpaid carers and 69% of low earners.
At Audit Scotland we offer a fantastic training scheme to school leavers which allows the opportunity to ‘earn as you learn’. We take on one or two school leavers each year, who join our trainee programme together with our graduates. This trainee programme lasts 5 years and our trainees study with ICAS to become a Chartered Accountant.
Developing the Young Workforce, Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy, has strong roots in how industry and education work collaboratively to nurture Scotland’s future workforce. Yet, as we embark on a new academic term, laced with ‘new normal’ in the water, we are becoming familiar with yet so much unchartered territory; how do we continue this collaboration so when the time is right for you to invest in the ‘hiring’ the investment now in informing and inspiring offers you a talent pipeline of industry ready young people?
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.
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.
At the age of 17, Lucia finished her 6th year at school. She had originally applied for Primary Teaching but didn’t achieve her English qualification. Lucia took a gap year and secured employment in a Bilingual pre-school in Italy. How did she get from that pre-school to Carousel Training?
Debbie Baird has a very interesting and winding path to her current role with Taranata Group. She went through School convinced a degree was the only option and that degree had to be Medicine. So, how did she end up in IT?
The nerves and excitement bubble up and collide this week as young people and their families in Scotland receive their exam results. One small tear of an envelope or beep of a text and the future that young people are planning can feel illuminated or potentially dimmed. Whichever way it goes there is always a way forward and plans for the future can progress.