December 2017 Newsletter
Big Bang West Region 2017

On Wednesday 22nd November and Thursday 23rd November, over 300 local young people participated in the Big Bang West Region Event held at the Clydebank Campus of West College Scotland. Organised in partnership between West College Scotland, Energy Skills Partnership and DYW West, pupils were able to take part in engaging and hands on activities devised and delivered by industry.

The event was a great success and allowed the pupils from across East Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire, Inverclyde and Renfrewshire to gain an understanding of the range of careers available across STEM related industries. Thank you to all of the respective local authorities and employers who were able to support this event and share their knowledge with the future workforce!

Barrhead High School Senior Recruitment Event

Barrhead High School Senior Recruitment Event was a great opportunity for young people to speak with a variety of employers regarding their current role within the organisation and also the pathway they had taken to achieve this success. The purpose of the event was to help pupils develop their understanding of the skills required in the different stages of the recruitment process. 

The S4-S6 pupils selected from 12 employer led sessions included representation from a diverse cross section of industry including the financial, retail and childcare sectors. Barrhead High School will be developing their senior phase PSHE curriculum following pupil’s evaluation of the event to include more work on specific aspects of recruitment that the young people wanted to learn about, including competency based questions and using the STAR technique.

Congratulations to Barrhead High School for the coordination of this inspiring event and thank you to the employers who gave their time on the day!

Scottish Parliament Traditional Building Skills Visit

Well done to pupils from Glennifer High School who had the rare opportunity to participate in an event held at the The Scottish Parliament to showcase the work they had completed at The Traditional Building Skills Event held at Paisley Abbey on the 5th and 6th of September 2017!
Young Enterprise Trade Fairs Success

The Young Enterprise Company Trade Fairs in Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire (covering Inverclyde and East Renfrewshire) took place over the last couple of weeks with great success from all of the participating teams. Congratulations to all of the companies who took part, we look forward to seeing you at the area final review events!
ROCCOs Award Success

We had a lovely evening at the recent Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce ROCCO Awards, congratulations to all those who won or were shortlisted for one of the awards for the amazing achievement!
KPMG Tour for West College Scotland Students

On Friday 17 November, HNC Accountancy Students from West College Scotland were welcomed by KPMG at their office in Glasgow for a tour and opportunity to speak with colleagues about the apprenticeship and graduate opportunities available to them as they progress in their career. We would like to thank KPMG for welcoming the students and Renfrewshire Council’s Community Benefits team for organising the event!

Vale of Leven Academy Event

On Thursday 16th December, Vale of Leven Academy held their annual Careers Evening which showcased to young people the opportunities available to them upon leaving school. Representatives from across industry, further and higher education attended to speak with the pupils and their families and share their insight into career pathways available to the pupils. Thank you to all those who attended and congratulations to Vale of Leven Academy on the success of their engaging event!

Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce Christmas Business Lunch Seminar

The Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce Christmas Business Lunch Seminar was held at Cameron House on Friday 1 December. The event began with an inspiring and moving speech from Paul Barrett, Director of IED Training, followed by an appetising lunch and a charity raffle in aid of CHAS. Thank you to Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce for inviting us along to the great event!

CITB and West College Scotland Event

On 21 November, CITB and West College Scotland (WCS) welcomed secondary school pupils from across West Dunbartonshire to the Clydebank Campus of WCS. The event included sessions in bricklaying, joinery and painting and decorating and allowed the pupils to participate in hands-on activities across these three areas. Congratulations to CITB and West College Scotland for organising this engaging event!

Foundation Apprenticeships Employer Placements

West College Scotland are delighted to be working in partnership with Skills Development Scotland to deliver Foundation Apprenticeships. The qualification is completed over two years with pupils completing one year of study at West College Scotland followed by a one day a week placement in the second year of the course.

If you, or an employer you know of, would be able to host a one day a week for a year, unpaid placement for a 6th year student who is completing a Foundation Apprenticeship in either Civil Engineering or ICT Software Development then please get in contact with our team through
email or calling 0141 581 2352. 

East Renfrewshire Employability Awards

Our Programme Director, Bob Davidson, and Programme Executive, Gary Murray, recently attended the East Renfrewshire Employability Awards 2017 held at The Foundry in Barrhead. The event showcased the tremendous talent and recognised the success of those who have been supported by any of the employability programmes which are available in the area. Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees of the awards, we wish you all the best as you progress in your careers!

St Columba's Co-op Challenge Day

Well done to the S4 Graphics students from St Columba's who took part in the Co-op Challenge day on Thursday 7th December. Pupils worked together in groups to research, develop and deliver their ideas on how to market the Co-op membership card to young people.

Year of the Young People 2018

The Year of the Young Person 2018 is the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of young people in Scotland and further develop their talents. Activity across the year will focus on six themes; culture, education, enterprise, equality, health and participation. We will be planning activities over the course of the year, stay tuned on our social media channels to find out more!

Christmas Closedown

We will be closing over the festive period from Friday 22nd of December and re-opening on Monday 8th of January. Thank you to all those who have supported our work over the last year, we look forward to working with you in the new year and building on the great work we have done together!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
DYW West
Helping employers to shape their future workforce

Through Developing the Young Workforce West, employers will be able to engage with local young people, allowing insight into their industry and the opportunity to develop and source their future workforce. If you would like to learn more about our work and how we can support your organisation then you can find out more here.
Our Partners

We are proud to work in partnership with Re:Markable and Skills Development Scotland; both of whom offer a range of support for organisations who are wanting to recruit young people or develop their existing young talent.
Would you like support in your school to engage with industry?
If you are looking for employers to attend career events running in your school and would like support with this, please contact us with event details and we'll get back to you!

If you would like to find out more or are interested in working with a secondary school in either Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde or West Dunbartonshire then please contact us.

Don't panic, we're here to support you every step of the way! We've created some 'Top Tips' for engaging with young
Are you interested in earning whilst you learn? An apprenticeship provides the opportunity to gain work experience whilst achieving qualifications. If you are interested in learning more about apprenticeships, visit Apprenticeship.Scot for further information and current vacancies for Modern Apprenticeships across the West region!

 Check out our Hints and Tips on what employers are looking for as well as tips for writing CV's, cover letters and preparing for interviews!
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West College Scotland,
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