Young People Are Great Campaign - Spotlight on Hillcrest

Young People Are Great - Spotlight on Hillcrest

Hillcrest are a local organisation helping to lead the way with their commitment to the Young Person’s Guarantee. They offer Modern Apprenticeships in various specialities, support the progression of young members of staff, run a panel group of 16–24-year-old employees and facilitate work experience placements for school pupils.

As a result, we want to showcase how they value their young people, and highlight their successes and resilience.

“Hillcrest are delighted to be investing further in our young people.  It is important to us that we can offer the opportunity for our young workforce to grow and develop their career paths.   Not only that, we have found that as an organisation, working with young people brings new energy and perspective that generates new ideas and helps us think differently, and as a business, we need this.”

– Lesley Don – Director of corporate Services Hillcrest .

“I joined Hillcrest in March 2022 in their newly created role as Apprenticeship Development Officer.  I feel this role is an exciting challenge for me and feel grateful to work for such a forward-thinking organisation who are fully investing in their young workforce to address skills shortages and succession planning.

Within my role I have the opportunity to facilitate Hillcrest’s young person’s group which meets every 6 weeks where I consult and canvass opinions from them to help shape future decision making for the organisation.

Should you wish to know more about my role or our organisation please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing me on LEnglish@hillcresthomes.org.uk

– Lesley English – Apprenticeship Development Officer

“I think the benefits of recruiting young people into our business is to give them a place to learn and to obtain a qualification while gaining the invaluable on the job experience.

Nothing beats real life situations – meeting people, learning with colleagues, using the systems, helping customers – putting the theory into practice.

And the benefits for Hillcrest is that we get to support and work with young people with fresh ideas, no limitations, bringing their knowledge and expertise, paving the way for innovation and collaboration.

I have seen the change in confidence and this is growing all the time for the young people we have recruited.”

– Sarah Duncan – Accounts Payable Team Leader

As part of the Young People Are Great campaign, we also want to highlight some success stories from Hillcrest’s young members of staff:

“My name is Laura Bremner and I am a Communications and Media Assistant at Hillcrest. When I left school I applied for a college course but decided that I would rather just go straight into work.

I saw an Apprenticeship in Business and Admin at Hillcrest and decided it would be a good first step in my career. From this I have moved into a job role that I am really interested in and hope that the skills I develop will help me take my next step.”

– Laura Bremner – Communications and Media Assistant

“My name is Lottie Ireland and my current role is Learning and Development Assistant for Hillcrest. Before this I was doing my SVQ2 Level 3 at Developing the Young Workforce Dundee and Angus, so I did my Modern Apprenticeship there and then got a job here as a Learning & Development Clerical Assistant.

Working with DYW was a tonne of experience and it really forced myself to be in situations I didn’t want to be in but were good situations for me to be in.”

– Lottie Ireland – Learning and Development Assistant

“I joined Hillcrest straight from 5th year at St Paul’s in Dundee. I joined Hillcrest in January 2022 working as a Finance Assistant Trainee, I am currently studying for my AAT level 2 in accounting.  In the finance team I have worked between the account payable, receivable and the payroll teams.  The work between all three teams has varied from processing invoices to raising invoices.  Since joining in January I have really enjoyed my time here.”

– Dylan Austin – Finance Assistant Trainee

Thanks for sharing your success stories Hillcrest!


Young People Are Great Campaign - Spotlight on Haitham

Young People Are Great - Spotlight on Haitham

Haitham was brought to Dundee in 2017 from Egypt and was put into the care of the local authority. He was unable to speak any English at that time but engaged well with secondary school, despite having complex needs that mean that he relies entirely on the use of a wheelchair and requires significant personal support. However, Haitham remains an extremely positive, self-motivated and aspirational young man, who is exceptionally popular at school and is well regarded by both pupils and staff alike. Haitham was referred to the Stepping Up transition program run by Enable Works and engaged really well with his Employment Coordinator (EC).

 

Haitham had originally been interested in attending college to enrol in a course around Creative Media or Computer Gaming. However, due to his circumstances he did not meet the academic entry requirements for any of these courses and may have had to settle for something that wasn’t particularly meaningful to him or perhaps in a supported education environment.

 

Knowing that Haitham was an animal lover, having his own dog “Shadow”, and that he often watched nature and wildlife programmes on TV, it was mentioned to Haitham that he might be interested in finding out more about college course in Animal Care. This immediately piqued his interest and he was supported by his EC and his school career adviser to make an application for a suitable course. He was then supported by his EC to a visit to the college to show him the animal care facilities, to get a flavour of what would be involved and the animals that he could be caring for, and to also discuss and assess his needs in terms of logistical and personal challenges and potential considerations or adjustments in terms of learning and education supports.

Since, Haitham was subsequently invited to attend a group assessment and interview and he was successful in obtaining an unconditional offer of a course place of which he is extremely proud.

 

Congratulations Haitham! The DYW Tay Cities Team wish you all the best!


Warddykes Primary School Museum Project

Warddykes Primary School Museum Project


Tayside Careers in Healthcare Festival

Tayside Careers in Healthcare Festival

NHS Tayside, DYW Dundee & Angus and DYW Perth & Kinross have come together to organise this four-day online event targeted at S2 and S3 pupils, showcasing a wide range of careers within the NHS and Healthcare.

 

With various speakers from different professional groups the Tayside Careers in Healthcare Festival will give young people a real flavour of the variety of careers open to them, including Medical Physics, Nursing, Occupational Therapy and much more.

 

This event will be hosted over 4 days and teachers are welcome to sign their classes up for 1 or all 12 seminars!

 

The key Career Education Standards the Tayside Careers in Healthcare Festival meets are:

 

-I can identify my interests, strengths and skills and use them to make informed choices.

 

-I can choose a blend of subjects, courses and experiences to enable my career pathways.

 

-I can access advice and support to help me make informed choices about further learning and opportunities.

 

The key meta-skills developed through the Tayside Careers in Healthcare Festival are:

 

Focusing

Initiative

Communicating

Curiosity

Critical thinking

 

For more information about each seminar and to book a space for your class via Eventbrite please click on the seminar titles below:


Monday 21st February

09:50 – 10:25

Anna Richardson

14:15 – 14:50

Derek Riley


Tuesday 22nd February

09:50 – 10:25

Sharon Young

11:00 – 11:35

Bernadette Brophy-Arnott

14:15 – 14:50

Jade Nixon


Wednesday 23rd February

09:50 – 10:25

Monica Hunter & Debbie Stafford

11:00 – 11:35

Carol Ann Bain, D&A College

14:15 – 14:50

Gill Reid


Thursday 24th February

09:50 – 10:25

Alix Mitchell

11:00 – 11:35

Kirsty Dalrymple, University of Dundee

14:15 – 14:50

Lily Hosie


Any queries contact:

Lynn Cunningham

DYW Dundee & Angus

Lynn@dywtaycities.co.uk

John Robertson

DYW Perth & Kinross

Johnroberston@pkc.gov.uk


Kitmart Dundee Stars Mentorship Programme

Kitmart Dundee Stars Mentorship Programme

The Kitmart Dundee Stars in partnership with Developing the Young Workforce Dundee & Angus (DYW) are delighted to announce that  they have chosen the candidates to become mentees.

 

Aaron Blake has won the opportunity to become a mentee with the Kitmart Dundee Stars for a 6-month period and Breann Mitchell has won the opportunity to become a mentee for a 3-month period.

 

Both of these young people will be mentored by GM and Head Coach of the Kitmart Dundee Stars, supported by Commercial and Community Manager Michael Ward and Community Officer Stephen Swann.

 

The mentees will be encouraged to keep a diary, blog, vlog and take pictures throughout their learning journey, that will enable them to finalise a report at the conclusion of each of their mentorship period.

 

Developing the Young Workforce Dundee and Angus team said, “We wish to congratulate Aaron Blake and Breann Mitchell on their successful applications for the Dundee Stars Mentorship programme. We are delighted that two young people are being given this opportunity where they will be equipped with skillsets needed for the workplace and given contextualized learning opportunities through being involved in various parts of the Dundee Stars business. We also want to thank Dundee Stars for providing this opportunity which will help the young people involved make decisions about their future career.”

 

Omar Pacha said: “We were impressed with all the shortlisted candidates and we thank those who entered the competition for their time and effort applying.”

 

“The successful mentees will get the chance to experience different aspects of the Kitmart Dundee Stars business and team, allowing them to interact with a wide range of roles and help them make an educated choice about their next steps in life.”

 

“Running a successful professional sporting team takes input from a vast array of experts, so this is a way of getting insight in a compressed way that could truly help shape their future career path.”

 

“Everyone at the Kitmart Dundee Stars look forward to welcoming Aaron and Breann to Dundee Ice Arena and the Stars family.”

 

“The mentees, along with our new marketing intern Jack Crerar will all gain confidence, while developing better communication and digital skills, that can translate to future employability and studies.”


Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education Sign up to the Young Person's Guarantee

Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education Sign up to the Young Person's Guarantee

The Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education is one of the first organisations in the Dundee and Angus area to sign up to The Young Person’s Guarantee, as part of a Scottish Government initiative.

 

The Young Person’s Guarantee commits to bringing together employers, partners, and young people. It aims to connect all young people (16–25-year olds) to a job, placement, training or volunteer opportunity to tackle youth unemployment and provide young people with the right skills.

 

The initiative aims to prepare young people for the world of work, create opportunities for young people who face the greatest barriers to work, invest in a skilled workforce, create jobs and apprentices, all while developing an inclusive and fair workplace.

Head of College, Dr A G Abubaker said, “Al-Maktoum College is a place of equal opportunity, where an individual’s potential and ability is valued over their background. It is an establishment where support is available and welcome to all.

We understand the challenges faced by individuals seeking work placements and training opportunities and recognize that this has been made significantly more difficult by the global pandemic. The College is pleased to be supporting young people and the decision to sign up to The Young Persons’ Guarantee only reinforces our commitment to inclusivity, diversity, and developing the next generation of professionals.

In putting the initiative into practice, the College intends to offer work placements, Foundation Apprenticeships, work inspiration activities in building CVs, personal statements and delivering mock interviews, as well as mentorship opportunities to young people across the local area.

To find out more about the Young Person's Guarantee get in touch with Developing the Young Workforce Dundee and Angus at contact@dywtaycities.co.uk


HMS Unicorn Sign up to the Young Person's Guarantee

HMS Unicorn Sign up to the Young Person's Guarantee

HMS Unicorn is the latest organisation in the Dundee and Angus area to sign up to the Scottish Government initiative The Young Person's Guarantee.

 

The Young Person’s Guarantee commits to bringing together employers, partners and young people. It aims to connect all 16-24 year olds to a job, placement, training or volunteer opportunity to tackle youth unemployment and provide young people with the right skills.

Matthew Moran, HMS Unicorn Museum Manager said, “We are delighted to sign up to the Young Person’s Guarantee. At HMS Unicorn we pride ourselves on the opportunities and experiences we can provide to young people through volunteering and employment, and the Guarantee is a confirmation our commitment to continuously supporting our young people to grow and develop.

We have 2 placements through the Kickstart program and we work with colleges and schools to offer placements and internships. We will be continuing to work on partnership projects with PAMIS (Promoting a More Inclusive Society) and Kingspark School to help improve The Unicorn Preservation Society and HMS Unicorn as a more inclusive and accessible workplace.

As a local museum it is essential that we provide a social good for everyone, and the YPG gives us the framework to continue to do so for young people.”

The initiative has five ways employers can show their support to young people – by preparing young people for the world of work, creating opportunities for young people who face the greatest barriers to work, investing in a skilled workforce, creating jobs and apprenticeships, and developing an inclusive and fair workplace. The HMS Unicorn aims to support the Young Person's Guarantee by creating various paid developmental roles for young people, taking part in work inspiration events, developing youth-specific volunteering positions, supporting job creation programmes and participating in partnership projects to continue to create an inclusive workplace.

 

To find out more about the Young Person's Guarantee get in touch with Developing the Young Workforce Dundee and Angus at contact@dywtaycities.co.uk


Dundee and Angus Dragons' Den

Dundee and Angus Dragons' Den