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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!
As part of International Men’s Day on 19 November we are highlighting the work we are doing to encourage more men in to the health and social care industries. The diversity that men can give to this growing industry is an untapped resource and we are working with the University of Dundee, NHS and private care providers to help address the gender imbalance.
The Developing the Young Workforce team in Dundee and Angus are encouraging local employers to sign up to a new, on-line platform to connect them with education. Marketplace with Founders4Schools will help you easily connect with education to boost youth employability and close the skills gap. Research proves that pupils with four encounters with employers are 86% less likely to end up not in employment, education or training, and will earn 18% more, so your input makes a big difference. There are two simple ways to sign up to Marketplace:
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 whole DYW Dundee & Angus team were out in force at Dundee’s annual Jobs Fair yesterday, Thursday 28th September. This was a great opportunity for local people to come and find out about the huge range of careers, jobs and training opportunities that are currently available in Dundee.
Administrative Modern Apprentice The ideal candidate should have strong oral and written communication skills and be able to organise their work using tools, like MS Excel, MS Word and office equipment. Ultimately, a successful Admin Assistant should ensure the efficient and smooth day-to-day operation of our office. As a modern apprentice support and training would be provided in many aspects of the role. However a candidate must show potential of the requirements and be willing to learn.
On Monday this week, World Tourism Day, Melissa from the team had the great pleasure of meeting with Neil Christison from VisitScotland to discuss all things tourism. Also, keep a look out for the summer round up video from VisitScotland, to read the full interview please read on….
Last week Melissa from the team had the great pleasure of meeting Lucie Maupetit, a teacher based at Tayview Primary school in Dundee. Melissa asked Lucie about speaking other languages and how important this has been for her personally and professionally. Please read on for the full interview…
The Scottish Learning Festival (SLF) took place in Glasgow on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st September this year. The SLF is an opportunity for those who work in and with education to come together and share best practice, new ideas and exciting opportunities. This year there were representatives from all over the world in attendance to take Scottish ideas and lessons home.
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.
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