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First organisations sign up. The first organisations to back the £60 million Young Person’s Guarantee have been announced by Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop. In a collective effort to help young people, the Scottish Government has been joined by SSE, Capgemini, NHS Lothian, Scottish Water and Standard Life Aberdeen in the commitment to ensure everyone aged between 16 and 24 has the opportunity of work, education or training.
Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) 21 regional groups are preparing to launch an equalities focused week of events and social media campaign across Scotland on w/c Monday 16th November 2020. The week campaign will be aimed at employers, parents and young people that promotes, illustrates and celebrates diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Win a Q&A session and virtual studio tour with Radio Tay Presenters for your class! Cash for Kids have partnered with DYW to invite Primary and Secondary schools to take part in two exciting missions. This project will really help with Mission Christmas’ fundraising appeal and hopefully offer pupils an insight into different careers in fundraising, marketing and graphic design.
Street League are the UK’s largest Sport for employment charity and are very excited to have recently expanded our Dundee team to now deliver within Angus. We strive to support young people gain and improve their employability skills as well as enhancing their physical and mental well-being.
The Kickstart Scheme, a ground-breaking initiative to support 16-24 year olds into work has been launched by the Government today. Any size and type of organisation that employs people can offer young people, claiming Universal Credit, a six-month work placement that will be paid for by government. The Kickstart Scheme will be delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions and will initially be open until December 2021, with the option of being extended.Kickstart Scheme jobs must be new and of good quality. Government will pay 100% of the age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week.
Giving every young person the chance to succeed. The Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Fiona Hyslop MSP, has announced further details on how the Youth Guarantee will give young people the chance to succeed despite the economic impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). Today’s announcement has confirmed additional investment for Developing the Young Workforce Regional Groups to support the delivery of the Youth Guarantee including strengthening our offer in the senior phase and ensuring those furthest from the labour market can access the appropriate support.
Voigt Architechts Build a House for a Superhero is a great example of how effective virtual engagement can be! With over 150 entries across Dundee and Angus this design competition sparked imagination, encouraged creativity and related it to a potential career path – Architecture!
Following the success of previous years, DYW are launching our fourth #NoWrongPath campaign which seeks to inspire and reassure young people that even in these most difficult times there are still opportunities for them to progress and that there is no wrong path to success.
We had over 40 fantastic entries (all contained in the following video), which made for a very hard judging process. We are very grateful for our judges Cllr Lynn Short (Dundee City Council), Kirsten Wallace (UNESCO City of Design Dundee), Mark Fleming (Dundee City Council Work Experience Coordinator) and our own Jonathan Reeve (Voigt Architects).
We are delighted to announce the winners of the Angus Superhero House Design 2020! We had around 120 fantastic entries, which made for a very hard judging process. Well done to all the winners (mentioned in the following video) who will each receive a goody bag packed with prizes (including a £20 Amazon Voucher). A huge thanks to everyone who took part and spent so much time preparing their ‘super’ entries! A special Congratulations to the Overall Winner Holly Simmonds for her Amazing Spiderman Eco House made from Lego. The planning, storytelling, thought and detail put into the house design made this entry a worthy overall winner. We loved the environmental aspect and the working shower! Holly’s winning design will be transformed into a 3D Model by Voigt Architects Limited and hope to publish this soon.
In her lunchtime briefing earlier this week, the First Minister announced that Developing the Young Workforce has created a national programme for this year’s school leavers in Scotland. The programme is a series of virtual and online experiences which aim to build work related knowledge and skills to enhance young people’s industry readiness and capacity to compete in the labour market.
The ILF Scotland Transition Fund provides money, for up to one year, to support young people aged 16-25 living with disabilities or impairments to improve their lives and help them to take part in their communities. The purpose of the Fund is to help these young people during transition to be more independent while continuing to spend time with other people.
Stevie Forrester has had an interest in anything to do with engines and cars from a young age. He completed a 4 year Modern Apprenticeship in Motor Vehicle Diagnosis, Maintenance and Repairs and now works as part of the RAC Patrol covering a large area in Scotland including Dundee and Angus.
With over 40 years of service Richard Laird has wore many hats whilst working for the Scottish Ambulance Service. Now in his role as Community Resilience Team Leader he travels across the North of Scotland (a vast area approximately the size of Belgium!) to support volunteers!
Jacqui Semple has worked at Angus Council for 21 years! Working in a variety of different posts before being promoted to Manager, Risk, Resilience & Safety. She also has a national role as Chair of the Emergency Planning Society and has been key in organising the councils response to Covid-19.
Louis started off as a student Ambulance Technician and is currently a student at the Scottish Ambulance Service Academy within Glasgow Caledonian University completing a course to become a Paramedic. He has returned to front line duties recently to support efforts to tackle the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) 21 regional groups are launching an awareness campaign across Scotland (week commencing 1st June) to showcase roles within the key sectors to make young people more aware of the types of jobs involved and what skills/qualities would be required. We are so grateful to Margo Williamson, Chief Executive of Angus Council for taking the time to share her career journey!
Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) 21 regional groups are coming together to launch an awareness campaign across Scotland showcasing roles within the key sectors to make young people more aware of the types of jobs involved and what skills/qualities would be required.
Thursday 23rd April! With the current situation there are more parents working from home and home schooling their children, so we at Developing the Young Workforce thought we would put a different spin on this years Bring Your Child to Work Day by doing a Home Edition!
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.
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