Case Studies & Success Stories
The Apprentice Ambassador Programme is now well under way after a successful first visit to Webster’s High School in Kirriemuir last week. Apprentices representing various organisations including; D&A College, Michelin, Interplex, Angus Council, Dundee City Council and Robertson Construction visited Webster’s High School over two days and spoke to 7 classes of 3rd year pupils. Fresh from their storytelling and presentation skills training session the previous week, the Apprentice Ambassadors delivered presentations and spoke to pupils in small groups about their own personal experience of undertaking an apprenticeship. The pupils were extremely engaged in the sessions and were asking a lot of really insightful questions, with feedback suggesting that they are now more aware of what an apprenticeship is, what is involved, how you go about finding and applying for one. Feedback also showed that many pupils who had not have previously considered doing an apprenticeship would now look at it as a viable option for them when they leave school. Raising awareness to young people about the benefits of apprenticeships is the main aim of the Apprentice Ambassador Programme and this was definitely achieved by the Ambassadors who all did a fantastic job. For many of the Apprentice Ambassadors this was their first experience of public speaking and being involved in a session with school pupils. Despite understandable nerves beforehand every Ambassador did brilliantly and were praised by the teachers and staff who were present in the sessions. This experience has allowed the Apprentice Ambassadors to develop their own skills and confidence of public speaking which will be invaluable for them as they progress through their own careers. The next Apprentice Ambassador School visit will be at Harris Academy, Dundee in January, so look out for updates into the New Year about how the programme continues to grow and develop. It is going to be an exciting 2018!
The first Angus Travel & Tourism Conference (Monday 23rd October) was a great success. Organised by Developing the Young Workforce Dundee & Angus, supported by Business Angus and held at Carnoustie Golf Hotel. Almost 100 pupils from five Angus secondary schools (Arbroath Academy, Arbroath High, Forfar Academy, Monifieth High and Websters) attended along with representatives from 19 local and national tourism businesses and organisations.
This past weekend saw many people around the world hosting events to celebrate International Coffee Day (1st October). It is apt then that our first Barista School graduates from Grove Academy had their first experience of professional work on Friday.
The Shared Apprenticeship Programme (SAP) has recently expanded from Angus into Dundee. The DYW D&A team are big fans and supporters of SAP and we are delighted that more young people and employers will now benefit from this successful programme.
Melissa from the team had a fantastic opportunity to speak to Karen Webster, HR Manager Tokheim UK Ltd, asking a few questions on what it’s like to be a female in the engineering sector and also getting some tips for women considering a career in the sector.
Rachel was blown away this m orning by the work of St Johns Nat 5 Administration students and Greenhillock Glamping staff. A brilliant example of Developing the Young Workforce activity; students Aimee Adams, Casey Sloane and Anna McMahon delivered training to Kate and Beth of Greenhillock so that they can use social media as an effective marketing tool. The students get the invaluable experiences of engaging with a real local business, of working to a brief, of researching, of presenting and of exploring social media as a marketing tool. Greenhillock Glamping gain CPD for their staff and a new marketing opportunity as well as getting to engage with and give back to their community.
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