2020 Nominations

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We would like to thank everyone who took the time to submit a nomination for the 2020 Recognition Awards and a big thank you to all the amazing Businesses, Individuals, Schools and the College for their continued work promoting DYW!

Business Nominations

Angus Council – Legal & Democratic Services

The Legal and Democratic Team at Angus Council have gone above the call of duty when it comes to supporting placements for young people as part of the Angus Works/ Bespoke Programme and Mini Angus Works. The support they offer before and during placements to young people is of the highest standard!

Kincordy Estate

Kincordy Estate has partnered with an Angus school and provided hands-on insight into the world of work specifically, rural industries and possible career pathways for pupils in the Outdoor Learning Group. It provided them not least with meaningful work, but also an understanding of the importance of team work and to experience problem solving in the workplace. It has provided a sense of achievement, pride and well-being which is further boosted by being conducted outdoors. Some pupils are continuing this experience by attending work placements & working towards a Rural Skills qualifications.

Angus Glens Moorland Group

Angus Glens Moorland Group are nominated for their Estates Who Educate Programme. They work closely with local High Schools across Angus over a 5 week period, at no cost to the school! Transporting the students to different estates to gain an understanding of sporting estates, the work carried out on them, the conservation and different career opportunities.

Angus Council – Active Schools

Active Schools support the Education Department deliver the Angus Works Programme Assessment Centre and provide meaningful and flexible work placements to pupils across Angus. Without their support the pupils taking part would not be able to experience all aspects of a typical recruitment and selection processes and how to best prepare for and manage these situations for the future.


GSK were nominated for their recent work with Brechin High school. They offered a 5 week Engineering Work Experience programme for pupils in S4-6. Participants were given support through a broad overview of GSK, and more in-depth sessions on various aspects of engineering including, mechanical, welding and electrical. They also carried out mock interviews and reviewed CVs. All participants responded very positively to the placement.

Struans Toyota

Struans have been nominated for their work with St Paul’s RC Academy in Dundee. They worked together to devise a workshop type lesson which would give the S3 Physics pupils a balance of background, theory and practical work. Gary Birse (Master Technician) delivered the workshop which included vehicle diagrams, electrics, electromagnetic spectrum and how automatic windscreen wipers work and diagnostics. Gary also shared his career story with pupils, recalling how he was promoted to the position of Master Technician through sheer hard work, problem solving skills and having a really positive work ethic.

DD8 Music

DD8 Music delivered workshops with P7s designed to boost their confidence, to get the pupils to interact with each other and to support their transition to Websters High School. This pilot allowed links to be made between the music curriculum, DYW, P7-S1 transition and pupil wellbeing as well as allowing pupils to see the opportunities available within the community. There was a clear focus on wellbeing and how music and singing can benefit this, with the recognition that transition can be a daunting time for some pupils. DD8 have also delivered Music Theory sessions, Body Percussion workshops and prior to schools closing pupils were due to visit the DD8 studio to record tracks and design CD covers.

HMS Unicorn

HMS Unicorn have been nominated for their involvement with St Paul’s RC Academy. They have supported their Careers Carousel events giving the S1 pupils a brilliant practical insight into the kind of work people who work in museums do. It was wonderful to see pupils so engaged with a sector that many of them would never have considered working in previously. Finlay Raffle, Learning & Engagement Officer also supported a work placement for an S6 pupil with an interest in History. St Paul’s look forward to working with HMS Unicorn when schools return on proposed projects with the English Department.

Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce

The Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce is an active supporter of developing the young workforce in our area and have been nominated for their support of Dundee and Angus College. They are one of the first businesses to offer a work placement to a Business Skills Foundation Apprentice. This has allowed the Apprentice to build confidence, knowledge and understanding of the world of work within a business setting whilst taking part in real life work activities. This support laid the foundation for the FA to apply and successfully gain a Graduate Apprentice in Business Management whilst continuing to work at the Chamber.

MVV Baldovie

In 2019 Paul Carey and Mimi Mwasame from MVV awarded Gordon Dunn, a Technical teacher at Monifieth High School a grant of £2000 towards a project to buy and build a kit car. The rationale was that the project should involve young people who found accessing engineering in the mainstream curriculum difficult. Working on such a project will boost their confidence, improve their technical and communication skills, leadership, teamwork skills and ultimately improve their chances of finding a positive destination within engineering when they leave school.

Dundee Museum of Transport

Dundee Museum of Transport have also been nominated for their work supporting Monifieth High Schools kit car project. They have offered workshop space, the use of tools, advice on health and safety and display materials. Museum staff Sam Walker, Stuart Sutherland, Brian Robertson, Brian Milne and Peter Webber have all given up their own time to help push this project forward. All with a vast working knowledge of vehicles and keen to support. There are a number of senior pupils already involved in the project and when schools return they are keen to identify other young people who will benefit from involvement.

Individual Nominations

Kenny Craig – Interplex

When Interplex decided to enter into a Curriculum insert project with Arbroath Academy, Kenny volunteered to act as Project Manager to help links between the Company and his old school. Kenny worked tirelessly in bringing all the stakeholders together and identified a project which involved the design and technical departments of the school and the relevant departments within Interplex. Working with Marthe and Ailsa from DYW and the school heads of department, Kenny identified a project to design a key fob for a teenage audience. He co-ordinated resources, arranged for presentations to the school pupils and organised visits to the factory. He ensured that the Company Managers were available to share their expertise with the pupils, who were given access to the Company’s design engineers, chemists and electroplating experts. The project culminated in a presentation to the senior team at Interplex in January. This project will have had benefits to the pupils involved in seeing design theory brought to life and also being able to see chemistry used in a live environment. None of this would have been possible without Kennys’ energy, enthusiasm and project management skills

Graeme Colley – Arbroath Academy

Graeme Colley a teacher with the Business, Computing and Technical Department at Arbroath Academy has also been nominated for his involvement with the Interplex project. Graeme was instrumental in setting up the contact between Interplex and Arbroath Academy to collaborate on the design and manufacture project for his pupils.

Lee Adams – Angus Council

Lee embodied the meaning of Mentor during the Angus Works Programme 2019/20. Working with the young person Lee developed a training plan for the 13 week flexible placement. Real and meaningful tasks included assisting with testing a customer feedback module, provision of feedback to improve this, deliver awareness training on the new module to 45 colleagues. Lee developed learning experiences and opportunities during the placement that actively challenged and developed the young person’s understanding of employer expectations and work behaviours; and it supported and assisted in making the young person ready for the transition to work and further education.

Glen Kelly – FA Student

Glen Kelly started his Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills in Aug. 2019. Whilst still at high school, Glen successfully embarked on his One Year Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills, where he balanced school, attending college and spending time each week on work placement, as well as his commitment to his bag-piping activities. He showed positivity and commitment as he started his journey to experience life in a business environment. This programme helped Glen build his confidence, knowledge and understanding of the world of work within a business setting. This laid the foundation for him successfully gaining a Graduate Apprenticeship in Business Management. Glen is an excellent example of how developing the young workforce will benefit the young person, and the local economy in the future. His commitment and hard work has inspired all that have come into contact with Glen – he is a young star to watch!

Polly Day – Montrose Academy

Polly has undertaken several activities this year to embed DYW outcomes into the curriculum. She has developed several units as part of S1 Social Subjects Skills Course which explore activities through different careers, including town planners and archaeologists. Alongside this, they used MyWorldofWork to research the careers that linked to these activities. These units will now remain in S1, ensuring that pupils become more aware of the career opportunities associated with Social Subjects. Polly also worked closely with Christine Jackson from Angus Council on the Reimagining Montrose project. She organised and facilitated workshops with three different classes to explore how Montrose, and learning there, could be improved. Here pupils had to use a range of key explicit employability skills such as creativity and communication. As part of her Reimagining Montrose work Polly also helped to run a whole day conference with P5, 6 & 7 pupils and S1 and S6 pupils. Again, this conference fostered many employability skills and involved working with an architect to design new learning spaces.

Claire Gammie – Abertay University

As part of her role as Widening Participation Officer at Abertay University, Claire together with the creative outreach team (WEAVE) set up Bright Ideas – a creative learning journey for S3 pupils led by Abertay students. Over six sessions in the university campus pupils select a creative vehicle to explore an academic area, this year was Psychology and Computer Games; Marketing and Animation; Forensics and Comics. The aim is to encourage S3 pupils who face barriers, to consider further/ higher education as an option after senior school. The use of Abertay’s creative expertise is used to help build confidence, empower pupils to collaborate, research and produce an end product that can be showcased to all. This is the second year and has more than doubled its impact with 136 children participating this year. Claire’s passion and enthusiasm to advocate education for all has been inspiring to those who meet her. She was keen to get companies involved so they can see with the right skills-set at an early age, the pupils will be work-ready and make a positive impact to the local economy.

School/College Nominations

Dundee and Angus College

D&A College has been nominated for their relationship with Arbroath Academy. The college arranged a workshop style visit for senior pupils to receive tasters of the hospitality industry. They have also arranged several visits to the junior students who were given an insight into patisserie and bread making with demonstrations from chefs and assigned a project/competition. The college lecturers and students have assisted with an in house afternoon tea for staff and parents of Arbroath Academy and staff/students of the college this allowed students to experience hosting an event.

The college has also been nominated for their work with Monifieth High School. Simon Hewitt supported Monifieth in the initial strategic planning for our ENTHUSE project, and Sam Stirling organised numerous fantastic events and activities for our young people with John Mitchell and all the Engineering Lecturers. This has included a Primary STEM Day at the Gardyne Campus, where college staff and students, with MHS Young STEM Leaders offered 3D Printing, challenges and a Science Bus. The college also provided funding for transport. Other events include Future Skills for secondary pupils, where pupils were given a range of exciting STEM activities, training on Foundation Apprenticeships, an S2 Event, and an S3 Girls in STEM Event. This year, the project has rolled out to Carnoustie High School cluster also. Angela Vettraino, Debbie Donaldson and Vicky Smith have been amazing supporting Monfieth’s new Nail Bar STEM/DYW initiative, where pupils have the opportunity to develop their own business and gain Nail Technician qualifications at Level 4 & 5. Despite COVID19 the college have remained in touch, and have started the theory element of Level 4 qualifications for 12 pupils via online learning. In addition to all of this, D&A College can always be relied upon to support at our Careers Fair, Careers Speed Dating, and any other DYW Event.

Webster’s High School

After working with J&D Wilkie closely over the past 2 years, Webster’s High School were looking to see how they could further the support they had been offering to their On2Feet S4 group. Previously this has been in the form of tours and meeting with employees to find out about jobs and routes employees have taken. Through discussion with Roger McGill and Sarah McCabe they planned a larger community-based project involving other services and business. We worked closely with J & D Wilkie, Alan Davie Hauliers, Louise Kerr – Hamilton Kerr Photography, Shelley Brandie from Community Learning and Development and Clare Little also Pupil Care and Support teacher at Webster’s. The project took place over 7 weeks and was a hands-on experience looking at the processes involved in taking a product from its initial conception right through to production, marketing and transport. This involved the pupils working in Wilkies with different members of staff, thinking about the production of a dog bed and the different decisions they had to make. They worked closely with Louise Kerr who took them through advertising and supported them to do a photoshoot and create a logo and Facebook page for the product. They visited Andy Davies and found out about the transport systems in place. The project was rounded off with a presentation delivered by the pupils about their experience and what they had learned. The young people in the group all reacted positively to the experience and fully engaged with all elements. It clearly gave them a good insight into the whole product process and allowed them to find out about jobs and skills which they had never considered.