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Overview: Before the end of term in June, pupils from 3 High Schools in Dundee had the opportunity to spend two days at Dundee Port and learn first-hand about how the Marine & Logistics sector operates. Organised in conjunction with the DYW Dundee & Angus Team and Dundee City Council, twelve 6th year pupils from Craigie High, Morgan Academy and St Pauls Academy in Dundee spent two days at the port as part of Forth Ports annual ‘Discovery Week’. Forth Ports Ltd’s ‘Discovery week’ has also taken place their Leith and Grangemouth facilities, with pupils from across Scotland benefitting from this fantastic industry insight. Each day is structured to provide a varied and interesting look at what the industry is all about and also what skills/attributes people working in the sector need to have.
Name: Ellie Stephen Type of Apprenticeship: Lab Technician Apprentice (2nd Year) Company: GSK Montrose Sector: Pharmaceuticals Overview Eillie Stephen is currently undertaking a Laboratory Technician Modern Apprenticeship with GSK in Montrose. Currently in her second year of a 3-year apprenticeship. Ellie’s outstanding work ethic and attitude has been recognised more widely having recently won an SQA award for ‘High Achievement & Development’ and another for “Outstanding Endeavour”. Ellie collected both awards from Dundee & Angus College at an end of year awards event and her achievement has given her an extra confidence boost as she progresses through her Modern Apprenticeship.
As part of the DYW Summer Sectors Campaign Rachel from the team took the chance to interview Lisa Williamson at Dundee Rep. Dundee Rep is often taken for granted by us locals, and we can forget that we are lucky enough to have the only repertory theatre in Scotland, an internationally renowned centre of creative energy and an award winning company, on our doorsteps. Dundee Rep also have a strong educational ethos and is a regular host for practitioners learning and honing their talents, alongside their many youth theatre and community groups which play a vital role in the lives of many local people. So as part of Creative Week here at DYW Dundee & Angus Rachel from the team took the time to interview one of the Reps many members of staff to find out more about what a career in the creative industries is like.
We are looking for a new Chair of the DYW D&A board. Craig Nicol, our current Chair, has led the group for nearly three years, taking it from bid stage to now, where the team are in place and up and running. Due to increasing work commitments Craig is leaving the Chair role, and we are looking for applications from individuals from the private sector with a passion for DYW to take the group forward into the next exciting phase of their development. The Chair will lead the DYW D&A board who govern the regional DYW D&A team and represent DYW D&A at national level, too. The Chair champions the DYW message and acts as an ambassador for the group. To apply or for more information, please e-mail CV and a cover note about why you want to Chair the DYW D&A Board to firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for applications is Sunday 22nd July 2018 and interviews will be held on 17th August 2018. We look forward to hearing from you!
Grove Academy and NCR have recently completed a project where pupils have been able to gain invaluable experiences of practical engineering. Working in partnership together, 6th year pupils and NCR staff have taken part in the 2018 MATE international ROV competition .
This week we (DYW D&A) have run a social media campaign to promote partnership work between schools/colleges and employers. During the week we have promoted some of the amazing partnerships in Dundee and Angus, presented a company and school with a partnership certificate for their great work, and shown why partnerships are so beneficial.
TEACHERS! If you are looking for a project to fill the weeks before the end of term, which still relates to your subject and allows your pupils to develop invaluable soft skills. Look no further! To celebrate Maggie’s Penguin Parade Al-Maktoum College are hosting a competition which gives pupils the chance to develop their research, team working, communication and presentation skills.
Rachel from the DYW team had the privilege of attending the opening of Dundee & Angus Colleges new ‘Digital Mile’ on Thursday. The Computing and Creative Media department at the college have been working in hyper-drive for the last few months to provide the best possible environment and course they can for students as well as beginning to develop talent pipe-lines for local businesses.
Today saw pupils from Harris Academy and St Paul’s RC Academy spend the day at BT House, one of Dundee’s biggest employers, at the BT Skills for Work Boot Camp. This is an incredible opportunity that BT and My Kinda Future have run across Britain for several years and has now been brought to Dundee.
Saturday 2nd June, 10.00 – 14:00, Arbroath Academy Funded by Dundee and Angus Developing the Young Workforce The Angus STEM Festival is a free, family event with fantastic science and STEM shows from Aberdeen Science Centre, Dundee Science Centre and Generation Science as well as interactive workshops and stalls presented by local colleges, universities and STEM employers. Angus schools are also invited to sign-up for a stall and showcase their great STEM learning.
18th April is World Heritage Day. Scotland is home to six recognised World Heritage sites, as diverse as Scotland itself. “World Heritage Sites are locations that have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Programme list of sites of outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humankind.” We have six in our tiny country. That alone is an indication of the diversity and potential inherent in Scotland and its people.
While most school pupils are off for their Spring Holidays Claire from the team was lucky enough to be able to spend the afternoon with Hannah and Katie from Grove Academy who joined 3rd year University of Dundee Mental Health Nursing Students at the Clinical Skills Academy, Ninewells Hospital.
Last week, pupils from Craigie High School’ Electronics class had the opportunity to learn directly from experienced professionals from McGill Electrical in Dundee. As part of the formal Partnership between the business and the School, McGill staff and Craigie High Teachers designed a practical Electronics lesson which helped support the curriculum.
The end of March brings to a close Scottish Tourism Month. This is the first year that a whole month has been dedicated to events, activities, talks and more to celebrate and promote the tourism industry in Scotland. Developing from a single week to a full month, this is further proof of the growth of the sector and its importance to Scotland.
July 2 @ 8:00 am - August 10 @ 5:00 pm
July 9 @ 8:00 am - July 13 @ 5:00 pm
July 16 @ 8:00 am - July 20 @ 5:00 pm
July 23 @ 8:00 am - July 27 @ 5:00 pm
July 30 @ 8:00 am - August 3 @ 5:00 pm
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