2020 Recognition Awards
In light of COVID 19 we will not be holding our annual
recognition awards in June 2020. Instead we are looking for our DYW Dundee and Angus Champions who drive forward the aims and objectives of DYW in this area and deserve to be rewarded.
This year’s nomination categories are:
- Individual (can be from business or a school)
- School (can be whole school or a particular class/subject area) / College Department
The nomination process is NOW CLOSED and the winners have now been chosen! Thank you to all who nominated. Read on to see our lucky winners
Business – Winner
Baker Hughes has won the business category of the awards due to the influencing partnership and links the business has built up with Montrose Academy. This has extended across a range of curriculum areas including STEM subjects. Baker Hughes has also demonstrated a genuine interest in developing pupils throughout their secondary school journey including help with CVs, personal branding and input to the school’s Pathways and Positive Destinations Evening. This level of partnership is what the regional DYW team aims to build between businesses and every secondary school in Dundee and Angus. The staff at Baker Hughes are fully deserving of this award, giving up their time with enthusiasm to support the school, and have committed to continuing this partnership in the future.
Individual – Winner
The winner of the Individual category is Jonathan Reeve of Voigt Architects. Jonathan is becoming somewhat of a legend in DYW circles, and was nominated by Monifieth High School. He was instrumental in setting up the S2 Living Spaces project and has been involved in this for the past 10 years! He works closely with the school to give curriculum input on architecture, and gives work experience opportunities to young people that show particular interest in the subject. His recently-produced short film about his career journey has inspired Angus Council and the regional DYW group to produce a range of films showcasing local businesses and the people behind them. Always looking for ways to engage with young people, Jonathan has recently devised the ‘Design a House for a Superhero competition for young people across Angus and Dundee.
School/College – Winner
Choosing one winner for the School/College Category was too difficult, so we have joint winners.
St Paul’s RC Academy (Dundee)
The first of these is St Paul’s Academy. St Paul’s recognises the importance of DYW for young people and has made a firm commitment to providing a strong career education offering within the school. Investing in a Principal Teacher for DYW has enabled this work to be embedded across all curriculum areas with strong industry links including Struan Toyota, Apex Hotels, and Glamis Castle. The school always participates in activity organised by the DYW regional group, and any other opportunities such as Outward Bound Employability Residential Courses. Staff, pupils and parents/carers have all benefitted from this commitment, giving young people the best experiences possible.
Arbroath Academy (Angus)
The other winner in this category is Arbroath Academy. Every time the DYW regional team have an offer for schools, the chances are that Arbroath Academy will be the first to respond! The school has developed excellent partnership working with local businesses including Project Barracuda with Dawnfresh and S3 Home Economics, and the Journeycall Transport Challenge with Business Studies. The school has developed a relationship with Dundee & Angus College, where pupils were given the opportunity to attend workshops into hospitality, and professional cookery. This led to the hosting of a joint afternoon tea for staff and parents. The school has been very proactive in securing meaningful placement for pupils and developing relationships with local businesses.
2020 Highly Commended
Business – Highly Commended
Forbes of Kingennie
Forbes of Kingennie has been named as one of the Highly Commended businesses in this category. Forbes of Kingennie works with a number of schools in the area, but was nominated by Monifieth High School. This is a new partnership that has led so far to a chef visit, greenkeeping apprenticeship and a careers fair onset. The business has supported the school’s barista initiative and has helped develop work experience in this area, leading to two pupils being offered employment. Again this demonstrates how a business can support a school in different aspects of career education, and the commitment Bruce Sheridan and his team have made to inspiring young people is inspiring.
The second Highly Commended nomination in this category is Glamis Castle and Strathmore Estate. Glamis has been working with St Paul’s Academy for the past 18 months and has developed a full programme of activity for the school including visits, awareness sessions, experience days and a gardening club. This has led to pupils across the school, from the most vulnerable young people, to those preparing for SQA exams to be inspired about careers across numerous curriculum areas including hospitality, travel & tourism, horticulture and geography. This partnership is still growing, taking into account pupil and staff evaluations, and investigating what else can be done towards SQA course outcomes, and the school greatly appreciates the time and effort that has gone into this partnership.
Individual – Highly Commended
Sandra Rennie is one of the very well deserved highly commended nominations in the individual category. Sandra has had the role of work experience co-ordinator at Arbroath Academy for the past year and has gone above and beyond to ensure that young people are offered appropriate work placements that take account of their individual needs and aspirations. She has set up the Exploring Career Ideas project which has seen pupils undertaking visits to farms, the emergency services and animal care, with more in the pipeline! This has led to relationship building with businesses and pupils having a better understanding of the options available to them.
Caroline Taylor is the other highly commended nomination in this category. Caroline is the Heritage, Learning and Engagement Lead within Angus Alive. She developed the ‘After the Apocalypse’ project with S3 ASN pupils at Montrose Academy, where pupils had to curate an exhibition which was open to the public at Montrose Museum. As well as the meta-skills pupils developed, Caroline made the learning fun and gave the pupils a true sense of achievement. She now aims to have this project touring across the Angus secondary schools, working with a different school each year.
School – Highly Commended
The highly commended nomination in this category is Grange Primary School. The school worked with local businesses on an ‘Upcycling’ project where each class was challenged to set up their own businesses to upcycle and sell products that would usually go to waste. This was a whole school project that developed skills and knowledge in enterprise, sustainability, environmental issues and ethical trading, as well as literacy, numeracy and wellbeing. Input from the business community gave pupils the opportunity to engage with the world of work and consider how the project related to real life situations. An excellent, innovative project that embodies the spirit of DYW with young learners!