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DYW Dundee & Angus has worked closely with two schools to help deliver successful Language and Business events for S3 pupils. In October 161 pupils attended Monifieth High School’s event, and in January 98 pupils took part in the workshops at St John’s RC High School.
Scotland’s greatest asset is its people. Scottish Apprenticeships and work-based learning create opportunities for everyone, no matter the size or sector. Co-ordinated by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), this year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week took place from the 2nd-6th March and the theme was ‘Talent Without Limits’.
On Thursday 27th February Developing the Young Workforce organised a Rural Career Event called Plant the Seed! The aim of this event was to give secondary pupils from Dundee and Angus the opportunity to participate in interactive workshops, meet employers and individuals who work within the sector and learn about the different career options.
The DYW Dundee & Angus team recently worked in partnership with the Social Enterprise Academy to deliver two workshops for teachers, giving an introduction to running a social enterprise in schools. These sessions were open to any primary or secondary teachers who wanted to find out how to set up and operate a successful social enterprise in their school.
This year’s Scotland’s Biggest Parents’ Evening (SBPE) took place on 30th January. This is a national campaign designed to increase parental engagement around Developing the Young Workforce (DYW). This year’s focus was on #JobsoftheFuture and apprenticeships.
On Wednesday the 15th of January, DYW Dundee & Angus ran a “Finding your Future” event for pupils to hear more about careers in non-traditional gender career roles. The aim of the event was to encourage young people to view different sectors with a traditional gender bias as desirable career paths at an early stage, before they have made any career decisions. We invited
The Princes Trust Team Programme is a 12-week course facilitated by staff seconded from Police Scotland. This is undertaken by young people who have struggled to find a job, or have faced barriers to entering the world of work. We were delighted to be asked to help Team 6 build their confidence and skills so they are better placed to get a job in the sector of their choice.
Last night we were fortunate enough to be invited to the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards 2019 ceremony at the Caird Hall, Dundee. We had a great night celebrating all the great Apprentices in Scotland and those companies who support them in their work based learning.
The University of Abertay and Dundee and Angus College in partnership with Food & Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland and Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) delivered a successful Career Long Professional Learning (CLPL) event to inspire educators and career influencers about the wealth of career opportunities within the Hospitality, Tourism and Food & Drink Manufacturing industries.
How was the partnership formed? This is another partnership which was formed between a school and an employer meeting to discuss what potential there would be for partnership working. Webster’s High school recognised one of their current S4 pupils was at risk of disengaging from school, so met with James Pirie & Son Butcher to discuss further. After some discussion a work placement was created which would work around classes. The young person attended the work placement at James Pirie & Son Butcher in Newtyle every Monday and Wednesday from December 2018 as part of their blended curriculum. Prior to the start of the placement, the employer was made aware of the pupil’s needs and they have supported him accordingly.
How was the partnership formed? Building on the partnership developed over the past 5 or 6 years, Webster’s High School worked closely with J&D Wilkie again this session to enhance and expand the partnership. Webster’s High School link contact within J&D Wilkie is now Roger McGill, Financial Director, and Roger has really helped to drive the partnership forward this session.
How was the partnership formed? This partnership was formed as a result of proactive working by both Robertson Construction Tayside and Dundee and Angus College. The staff within the college understand how important it is to partner with employers where possible to ensure cohesive working and to ensure all working practice standards are met. This also gives the students the best opportunity when leaving education and entering the work place.
How was the partnership formed? This partnership was created due to Rockwell looking for an employer willing to work long-term and who would allow young people into several of their departments. This would allow their young people a varying opportunity over the course of a 6-8 week programme. This project was required to be more bespoke to cover the needs of their young people.
As part of their Community Benefits programme MVV Environment Baldovie Ltd recently choose three local schools, Braeview Academy, Harris Academy and Monifieth High School as the winners of their 2019 Challenge Fund. This fund provides up to £5,000 to schools in the Dundee and Angus area for projects in the areas of engineering, construction and waste reduction.
How did the project come about? The project was led by Morag Oldham (Principal Teacher, Grange Primary) and Nicoll Russell Studios along with a local designer Linsey McIntosh (Lecturer at DJCAD and freelance designer with V&A) who helped create a brief to design a house for a multi-generational family based on their needs and wants. A linear plan was created to support teachers through the project and Nicoll Russell were available to advise and evaluate throughout, while still allowing the children to be imaginative and explore their own creativity.
How was the partnership formed and how did the project come about? Struan Toyota, a car dealership based in Dundee, contacted DYW about wanting to work with young people. The offer was circulated to local schools and St Paul’s RC Academy was one of the schools who jumped at the opportunity.
On Thursday 20 June the Developing the Young Workforce Dundee & Angus (DYW D&A) Recognition Event took place at Gardyne Campus, Dundee & Angus College. The event was a huge success with over 150 attendees from both business and education coming along on the night to celebrate the resounding successes of the past year in the local area.
Alison had a thoroughly enjoyable time acting as a judge in the latest collaboration between the Home Economic department at Arbroath Academy and Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd. Once again, DYW were invited to take part as the S3 pupils pitched their new fish product to the panel.
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