News & Events
On Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 September the DYW team along with Tom McConnachie, Dundee University School of Nursing and Health Sciences and a team of his student nurses descended on Webster’s High School in Kirriemuir to take part in a two day event, called Team Spirit. The event involved all
An absolutely incredible event at Dundee & Angus College for all pupils studying Travel & Tourism in Dundee. The day kicked of with talks illustrating the huge range of careers and opportunities available in the Travel & Tourism, both internationally and locally due to the huge changes happening at Dundee’s Waterfront.
We have all sat through the incredibly long credits at the end of Marvel movies, just waiting for that extra minute and a half of footage. But have you ever stopped to think what all those titles and names actually mean? Those are all jobs that are vital to creating a film and they are careers waiting to happen for anyone willing to go for them.
Next week on 8 August the DYW team, partners, board members and friends will be taking part in the social media campaign #nowrongpath to highlight to all young people that there is no wrong path in getting to where you want to be. The campaign has been devised by our DYW colleagues in Glasgow, and will use the hashtag #nowrongpath. We want to promote the message that people in interesting jobs across Scotland may not have taken a straight, obvious or traditional path to get there. We’d like people from a variety of sectors and professions to share a snippet of their story – what they did when they left school and where they are now. We want young people to know that there are a variety of ways to get into a variety of jobs – that there is #nowrongpath.
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.
Rachel had a very insightful and interesting night at the Mix In on Thursday 15th. Run by Creative Dundee and Scottish Enterprise and hosted by Hospitalfield. This was an opportunity for local companies, individuals, and organisations to come together to learn more about cultural tourism and the potential sitting dormant in Dundee and Angus and the surrounding area.
Some of the team attended excellent event last Wednesday morning promoting the Shared Apprenticeship Scheme at Dundee and Angus College, Kingsway Campus. the event brought together partners from Angus Council, Dundee City Council and Dundee and Angus College.
Questions for the Voluntary Action Angus Interview Interview with Gary Malone who is very passionate about volunteering and everything a person can gain from the whole experience. There are currently 6,800 active volunteers within Angus right now: out of a 28,500 population that’s 32%, making Angus the 4th highest area in Scotland for volunteering.
This week saw DYW and Dundee and Angus College joint host an afternoon tea at the Training Restaurant within D&A College, the idea behind this was to create a passion and enthusiasm for hospitality within schools, to inform people of the career opportunities available within the Hospitality industry and to look at how to create a parity of esteem between careers within hospitality and other industries.
A very interesting day at the Creative Spaces event today, held at Dundee and Angus College and led by Doug Binnie of Nicoll Russell Studios. Second year students from 22 schools across Dundee, Angus, Fife and Perth and Kinross took part in designing an outward bound centre in Loch Leven. The young people had an amazing time; working together to fulfil the brief,
For Shaun Bisset, owner of Ferry Plumbing & Heating Ltd in Dundee, taking on an apprentice was something that he always wanted to do. However as a sole trader it can be challenging to find the right young person to bring into your company. Instead of the traditional advert in the paper, or online advertising, Shaun decided to take a different approach to his recruitment of a young apprentice, which involved working closely with DYW Dundee and Angus and Dundee & Angus College.
The DYW team were asked by the Dundee schools skills & enterprise group to deliver a project that would support winter leavers, focusing on the skills and approaches needed to apply for and get a job. The Bank of Scotland partnered with the DYW team to deliver a two stage series of workshops to achieve this.
Journeycall is an Arbroath based contact centre, providing services within the public transport and smartcard industries. An initial meeting between Claire, DYW employer liaison advisor, and the business highlighted the range of opportunities for young people in this growing industry. Journeycall wanted to communicate this to young people and felt involvement with local schools could achieve this. They wanted to partner with a local school to promote the range of jobs within Journeycall and their parent company ESP Group. It was now down to Claire to connect them with a school partner.
To celebrate #NationalButchersWeek DYW Dundee and Angus took the opportunity to interview one of Dundee’s longest established butchers and a local institution, Scott Brothers, specifically co-owner Scott Jarron. Scott is the third generation in his family to work as a butcher, the original shop was opened in 1935 by his grandfather George Jarron and the family have been involved in the local community ever since.
Scottish Apprenticeship Week is now almost over and it has been a great success! We have seen Education, Partners and Employers all across the country from every industry sector promote the value of vocational learning and the range of opportunities that Modern Apprenticeships can provide. Our Developing the Young Workforce Team has been involved in various events over the week and we are hugely encouraged by the fantastic work that is going on to encourage young people that undertaking an apprenticeship is a great way to start their career! Think an apprenticeship might be for you?! Find out more info here.
To celebrate Women in Science week Rachel took the opportunity to interview internationally renowned, local scientist/artist, Dr Mhairi Towler. Dr. Mhairi Towler originally studied Biochemistry at Dundee University. She went on to develop further skills and knowledge as a postdoctoral scientist in San Francisco before returning to Dundee. Back in Dundee she became involved in projects which mixed science, art and community together. Mhairi also began lecturing undergraduate students in Dundee. Through all of these experiences Mhairi saw that animation and science can work together to engage an audience and illustrate complex scientific processes.
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