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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.
Name: Erica Taylor Type of Apprenticeship: Agriculture Apprentice (1st Year) Company: JG Orr – Milton of Blebo Farm, Cupar, Fife Sector: Agriculture Overview Erica Taylor is currently in her first year of her Modern Apprenticeship in Agriculture with JG Orr near Cupar, Fife. Erica has loved her first year of her apprenticeship and has learned so much throughout her short time working in the #agriculture sector! As part of #foodanddrink & #agriculture week for our #DYWSummerSectors campaign, Ross from the DYW Team was delighted to be able to have a chat with Erica about her career journey so far, the experiences she has gained and her plans for the future:
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.
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