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March is a busy month, with lots of opportunities. Scottish Tourism Month takes place in March, an opportunity to celebrate the incredible, thriving and diverse industry that forms a major part of Scotland’s workforce and a key aspect of our national economy. Large and small events occur all over the country to share best practice, promote new opportunities and encourage us to be bigger and better. The first week of March is also Apprenticeship Week, dedicated time to nationally and locally recognise the extraordinary opportunities that apprenticeships offer to young people, employees, businesses and Scotland as a whole. As well as the invaluable contribution that the apprentices themselves make.
What started as an idea at a lively Careers in Care meeting got the ball rolling on a highly successful event for the young people of Dundee and Angus. It was identified that young people were not aware of the variety of career pathways available in the care sector. From that, they recognised a need for a careers in health care showcase type event.
Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2019 is now just days away. After exploring Foundation Apprenticeships, Modern Apprenticeships and Graduate Apprenticeships over the last few weeks in the run up to this week long event, it is now time to hear from two modern apprentices within the Developing the Young Workforce and Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce teams.
The countdown is on with just over 2 weeks to go until Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2019, there are more amazing events popping up in the area including Scotland’s Biggest Parents Evening hosted by DYW D&A in Arbroath. We are continuing on with the apprenticeship family after exploring foundation and modern apprenticeships in the last two weeks and are now looking at the last in the family, Graduate Apprenticeships.
It’s just over 3 weeks until Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2019, remember to keep a look out for amazing events taking place near you including Scotland’s Biggest Parents Evening hosted by DYW D&A in Arbroath. We’ve already looked at Foundation Apprenticeship’s, now let’s look at Modern Apprenticeships.
It all starts with a conversation. Rachel from the DYW Dundee & Angus team arranged an informal meeting with the new Learning & Engagement Officer for the HMS Frigate Unicorn, Andrea, to hear about how she was settling into the role and before either knew it, there was a plan to DYW-ify Andrea’s flagship event.
Come join us at Scotland’s Biggest Parent Evening at Centre for Enterprise, Dundee and Angus College, Arbroath Campus, Arbroath. Scotland’s Biggest Parents’ Evening is part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2019 – an annual campaign highlighting the value apprenticeships and work-based learning brings to individuals, employers and the economy.
We are fast approaching Apprenticeship Week 2019 where there will be so many amazing events on in the area for you to enjoy. In the meantime check out our weekly news updates giving some information on the apprenticeship family starting this week with Foundation Apprenticeships.
Picture this, you’re a senior in high school, all around you are people making plans. Your friends all know what careers they’re interested in and are doing all they can to make their plans happen. You, on the other hand, don’t know what you want to do and, even if you’ve got an idea, you have no clue on how to get there! Does this scenario sound familiar? Well, read on…
On Wednesday the 16th of January, DYW Dundee & Angus ran a Hospitality and Tourism Taster Day in conjunction with Angus Council. The aim of the event was to encourage young people to view the hospitality and tourism sectors as desirable career paths before they have made any career decisions. We invited a variety of different industry professionals along to speak to over 60 S3 pupils from six of the secondary schools in Angus. To begin the day, we had an introduction from Hilary Tasker, Sector Officer – Food & Drink at Angus Council, who shared some local labour information with the pupils around the Angus economy. The pupils then moved into their groups and worked their way around the different employer’s activities. Richard from Angus Alive Countryside Adventure spoke to the young people about how Angus countryside is one of the most diverse in Scotland and that visitors and residents have opportunities to do a number of types of activity from water sports to cycling to hill walking. The young people then had a practical activity using a compass and map to orient themselves. Angus Alive Museums, Galleries and Archives staff brought along a number of different objects for the young people to see and use. The pupils then had to decide what the items were and what they were used for. The staff spoke about how to use feedback to work with customers to improve the service. El Tajin worked with the pupils around the restaurant trade. The pupils discussed taking orders and how to make food look attractive on the plate. They cooked quesadillas then presented these to the rest of the group. Entier worked with the young people on the precision needed for 5-star table setting and serving along with the importance or customer service. No glasses where broken and all the pupils had a very good time. The activity with Glamis Castle was about the usefulness of having a second (or third!) language within the hospitality and tourism sectors. There was also discussion about the tour guide career and working at a heritage site. When the groups worked with Murton Trust, they learned about the trust and the different activities they undertake. Again, Sophie from Murton discussed some of the transferrable skills around communication and customer service that are important in the sector. Red Pepper Event Management were looking at how to manage events and the different skills and abilities pupils would use in this career. They spoke about some of the events they had organised and all the different strands that make a successful event. As the pupils visited each employer, the staff discussed their roles and other types of roles within their sector too, giving the pupils a holistic view of the different careers. At the end of the day, we had a talk from Laurence Durdan, Sector Manager – Tourism at Skills Development Scotland. Laurence told us about the hospitality and tourism industries being one of Scotland’s largest employers and inputs hugely to our GDP. If you are interested in engaging with local young people, offering a visit to your business or taking part in a similar activity, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with DYW Dundee & Angus – we can support you throughout – email@example.com.
The latest news article shared by SCN on 5 December 2018 reads; Training and skills campaign group The 5% Club hosted a conference in Rosyth today to raise awareness of the value of embedding ‘earn and learn’ training opportunities into an organisation. The 5% Club was set up five years ago by Leo Quinn, group chief executive of Balfour Beatty,
Digital and Tech are the fastest growing industry in Scotland. They have the fastest growing starting salaries in Scotland. Every single industry requires digital roles. There are very few careers that do not require a minimum digital ability.
We are supporting the First Minister’s National Advisory Council on Women and Girls (NACWG) in adding to the debate for this month’s Spotlight topic this month – Women and Girls in STEM. We asked some colleagues working to support the engagement of young people in the STEM subjects the “Spotlight Wee Circle” questions. Here’s what they have to say…
As part of our work with Developing Young Workforce, Jobcentre Plus offered to have Work Coaches go into schools and talk about ‘A day in the Life’ with students. We wanted to help break down the misconceptions and fears of what goes on in a Jobcentre and promote a more positive image of the office.
Ever since the first episode of the Great British Bake Off aired back in 2010, baking has been ‘on the rise’! With approximately 4,500 small bakeries such as J M Bakery in Monifieth, 350 medium bakeries such as Campbells House of Cakes in Carnoustie, and 150 large bakeries in the UK such as Greggs, could this be the industry for you? If so, there are many different pathways you could take:
On Monday 27 August and Tuesday 28 August the very first Dundee Traditional Building Skills event took place at City Square. This event was co-ordinated by Historic Environment Scotland and Scottish Traditional Building Forum, with local support from the DYW Dundee & Angus team. Forster Roofing, Historic Environment Scotland and Dundee & Angus College provided hands-on opportunities for pupils on the day.
Members of the Developing the Young Workforce Dundee and Angus team got to go on a bit of road trip recently. On Friday 10th August Ross, Rachel and Lottie from the team had the opportunity to present to the second year Aldi apprentices from across Scotland at their Enrichment Day at the Scottish headquarters in Bathgate.
Overview: Pupils from Dundee’s Rockwell Learning Centre recently linked up with sustainable energy solutions company Vital Energi, where they visited Vital Energi’s Biomass Energy Centre in Guardbridge, Fife. This educational site visit was facilitated through Marketplace, a new online platform which provides an opportunity for employers and education to link more easily together. Employers can register and post ‘offers’ to schools such as site visits to their workplace, staff coming out to schools to deliver class talks, practical sessions on CV writing and Interview Preparation, and a whole host of other ‘offers’ that a business may want to post that is relevant and of interest to them as business. Schools can then log in to Marketplace and book these offers on a first come first served basis, making the process simple and easy to use.
In the final week of Dundee & Angus’s DYW Summer Sectors Campaign we have been looking at the huge range of careers that are connected to working with animals and wildlife. How better to cap that off than with a visit to our local wildlife centre, Camperdown Wildlife Centre.
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