Your monthly update from the DYW West team.

As 2018 is the Year of Young People the younger team members of DYW West and DYW Glasgow have teamed up to tackle the objective of the Year of Young People 2018 - to provide a platform for young people to have their views about education heard and acted upon. To achieve this, we have developed a Web App that allows young people to share their thoughts on education in Scotland.

If you are 26 or under, through this platform you are invited to contribute to a bank of thoughts around education in Scotland - by completing the sentence ‘Education should be…’ by visiting

We’d like to encourage everyone to spread the word and get behind #educationshouldbe. Join the conversation on social media and find out more at @DYWWEST and @DYWGlasgow.


On 24th April, our team attended Inverclyde Academy's Languages in to Work Day providing hints and tips about CV's, application forms and interviews to S3's and also spoke to them about their previous experiences. Thank you to Inverclyde Academy for inviting us!

A huge well done to our 4 West College Scotland race teams, Gold Slam, VOLA Racing, East Ren Rebels & InverRacers for an outstanding, award winning performance at East Fortune! And also a massive thank you to all our sponsors: Riverside Inverclyde, Riverclyde Homes, Dingbro Ltd, Arnold Clark, Thomas Bradley & Co, Clyde Kitchens, Renfrewshire Council, East Renfrewshire Council, Inverclyde Council, West Dunbartonshire Council.
On 26th April, our team members Claire and Emily supported The Good Shepherd Centre's Career and Industrial Awareness day.  The event was carousel style allowing groups of young people to hear information about careers and further education opportunities. Thank you to The Good Shepherd for inviting us along!
Girls from St. Ninians High School, Woodfarm High School and Barrhead High school had a tour of CCG's Barrhead site as part of International Women's Day to gain a better insight into what its like to work within this sector. 
Well done to all the schools that took part in this year's Dragon's Den in Inverclyde. Each team had to present their proposal to secure them funding for their ideas. All the ideas were amazing and we wish you all good luck for the final next year!
Our team had the pleasure of attending the West Dunbartonshire Working4Business Awards held at the Clydebank Townhall. The evening showcased the tremendous achievements across West Dunbartonshire. A big congratulations to all who were nominated and won an award on the night!
Would you like to help inspire and mentor the future workforce? 

Skills Ambassador's should have work experience in the private, public or third
sector. You will be assigned to a group of young people in a school that would benefit from a mentor.

As a Skills Ambassador you could help young people feel more confident about themselves and help them prepare for life after school and allow them to understand what is available to them and what employers expect from young people

If you would be interested in being a Skills Ambassador please contact:
The Bloodhound Challenge is using a 1,000mph world land speed record attempt to inspire the next generation to get involved in STEM. This year in partnership with West College Scotland we will be holding various Bloodhound heats across our 4 local authorities, Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire in May and the final will be held at Big Bang Perth in June.

To find out more and register pupils please contact: or                                          
Do you work in the hospitality industry?

We are looking for employers to take part in our Hospitality Takeover on the 20th June from 9:30-12:45 in Paisley and Clydebank to run fun workshops for 3rd year pupils and inspire the future pipeline of talent within the hospitality industry!

For more information please contact either or 
This year we will be taking pupils from across the West Region to The Big Bang Fair on 12th June held at Perth College UHI.

The Big Bang Fair Scotland inspires young people from schools across Scotland to consider a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) related roles and allows them to speak to companies from a range of backgrounds who will bring STEM subjects to life with engaging, interactive activities and the Bloodhound Scottish Finals will be held here also!

For more information please contact
Does your organisation employ apprentices? (Foundation, Modern and/or Graduate). Then why not consider entering the Scottish Apprenticeship Challenge!

The company/apprentice(s) identify a project which benefits the local community and the individual apprentices or teams of apprentices (up to 8 apprentices in a team) can participate, depending upon the project being undertaken. A maximum of 40 hours should be spent on this project over a three month period.

Organisations need to register with us by 31st May and have completed the project by the end of September (with a report). We will have a regional event in October to choose our regional winner who will go forward to the national competition. For more info read here / registration document link is here
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.
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West College Scotland,
Renfrew Road,

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