July 2020 Update

Your monthly update from the DYW West team.
Farewell to Dennie
A wee video we made for Dennie who has moved on from DYW West. Thanks Dennie for all the amazing work you've done  - we will miss you

#NoWrongPath returns on the 4th August, exam results day, to bring you inspirational stories from around the West Region of those who have taken the path less traveled on their road to success. If you'd like to take part, visit for your starter pack and to find out how to get involved. If you're an employer and have taken a different path to what would be considered normal in your profession, and would like to get involved with DYW West in recording a short video of yourself and your career journey please contact us at Alternatively, you can get in touch with us via our website:

We are excited to announce that the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will be providing the keynote address at the third Scotland's Biggest Parents' Event on Tuesday 4th August. Sign up now to hear why there is #NoWrongPath to future career success.

E-DYW & the Inspiration Station

If you are a young person, educator, parent or carer, employer, or organisation you can find online support and resources to assist you in all aspects of the Developing the Young Workforce programme by visiting the E-DYW Digital Resource Hub. The types of resources you will be able to find here include: Educational Resources, Employability Support, Employment opportunities, Online Courses​, Financial advice, Mental and Physical Wellbeing and Virtual Work Placements.

Work Experience request - Baristas

Our colleagues at East Renfrewshire run a Barista programme as part of their extensive vocational offering. To compliment the young people's training they are seeking employers to offer work experience. If you can assist please contact Jan at

Participants work towards achieving their SCQF Level 5 Barista Skills award and take part in a work experience.The course covers:
• Coffee Roasting and blend selection
• Learning to operate a coffee machine
• Maintenance and cleaning of coffee machine
• Setting the coffee grinder
• Perfecting espresso extraction times
• Tamping and packing coffee for shots
• Assessing the qualities of the coffee
• Milk steaming and how to make silky micro foam for the milk based coffees
• Making the coffees including espressos, lattés, cappuccinos, flat whites etc
• Latte Art
• General barista skills
Placements usually a day a week and during school times.

A.C. Whyte Skills Academy

West College Scotland and A.C. Whyte are entering another year of successful partnership with their award-winning Skills Academy and you could be part of it!

Here's what you can expect: "Students will have the opportunity to gain live industry experience in an actual site environment with AC Whyte offering the opportunity of a permanent position with the company on satisfactory completion of the yearlong course."

Become a qualified External Wall Insulation Installer:

UWS Paisley - Civil Engineering Graduate Apprenticeship opportunity

This is an exciting opportunity to join UWS’ BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering Graduate Apprenticeship programme starting in September. During the 4 year programme, you will study at UWS’ Paisley campus approx. one day per week gaining knowledge in core Civil Engineering subjects including structural design, geotechnical engineering, water engineering, materials and hydraulics. You will also learn how to apply the latest digital technologies in construction including laser scanning, thermography and Virtual/Augmented Reality (VR/AR). As a Graduate Apprentice you will also be employed full-time with a local Civil Engineering contractor where you will put your academic learning into practice by getting involved in infrastructure and environmental development projects across Scotland. You must have achieved a minimum of 4 SQA Highers at BBBC, including Maths and one Science subject. An appropriate Foundation Apprenticeship will also be considered towards meeting entry requirements See leaflet for more info also > here

West College Scotland Creative & Digital Media Placements
We are helping West College Scotland source employer placements for Foundation Apprenticeship students. Placements are typically a day a week during school term in 6th year. In particular, we need more employers in Creative & Digital Media (this doesn't need to be creative, it can be a marketing department in a business) in West Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire.
What are the benefits of a Foundation Apprenticeship?

• They're the same level as a Higher
• They involve learning about the industry and doing real work that they can evidence against the framework for their qualification
• They can act as a long interview and could lead to an employer offering them a job as a Modern or Graduate Apprentice
• The employer does not need to pay during the FA placement
They typically start after the summer (but can be earlier) and we're being asked to start conversations with industry now.
Learn more about FAs:

Hear from West College Scotland themselves: 

"Are you an employer who would like to support a Creative and Digital Media Foundation Apprenticeship work placement? Placements start in September 2020 and last until the end of the term 2021, learners attend their placement one day per week. Working hours are flexible depending on business requirements. Could you offer a marketing role where a learner could work on digital marketing, creating and editing video content or even work within a local radio station? Could you offer a role where a leaner could assist in social media platforms and website content? The delivery of placements can be flexible to suit the needs of the employer. "

If you can support a Foundation Apprenticeship placement, please get in touch at!
West College Scotland Digital Manufacturing FA
West College Scotland has announced a new Foundation Apprenticeship in Digital Manufacturing, the first of it's kind in Scotland!

Are you in S4 or S5 and picking subjects for your next year? This new FA for Renfrewshire school pupils is now open for applications.  After successful completion of the programme pupils will be offered an interview for a college place or a modern apprenticeship … getting a head start on a career for the future.

This brand-new programme is only on offer in Renfrewshire and is being delivered in partnership with West College Scotland,  Renfrewshire Council, the new National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and leading Renfrewshire manufacturers.
Reminder to our E-News readers that we post lots of apprenticeship opportunities across our social media channels. So please make sure you follow us, our links are at the bottom of this newsletter.
Mailing Address:
Developing the Young Workforce West RE114,
West College Scotland,
Renfrew Road,

Telephone: 0141 581 2352


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