November 2020 Update

Your monthly update from the DYW West team.

We'd like to extend a massive thanks to all of the employers who got involved with STEM West this year!

We had amazing career information, insights and inspiration from some of the West Region's most amazing employers including:

  • Advanced Forming Research Centre
  • Babcock
  • Diodes
  • Institute of Civil Engineers
  • Doosan
  • Kier Group
  • Lantra
  • National Manufacturing Institute Scotland
  • Scottish Leather Group
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Aggreko
  • Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
If you missed it, you can head to our YouTube channel to learn more about the world of STEM, apprenticeships, what employers look for in young people as well as some hands-on activities and experiments you can do at home:
#AJobForEverybody, #MySkillsMakeMe Campaign

The #AJobForEverybody campaign returned this year with an exciting new element to it in the form of #MySkillsMakeMe.

The campaign was aimed at employers, parents and young people that promotes, illustrates and celebrates diversity and inclusion in the workplace, demonstrating the range of support available for young job seekers and employers as well as showcasing transferable skills and value through a diverse workplace. 

There was a series of events across the week (16th-20th November) including a live event: ‘Strengthening Diversity through Inclusion’ with 3 In Consulting and several webisodes from the DWP featuring Disability Confident and the return of ‘Play Your Cards Right!’ with Sue Livermore, (from Dumfries & Galloway College).

Catch up on those webisodes here.

Engineering Academy Live Chat with Clydebank & Port Glasgow High Schools

Thank you so much to the Engineering Department at the University of Strathclyde for holding a live chat with pupils from Clydebank High School in West Dunbartonshire and Port Glasgow High School in Inverclyde!

The Engineering Academy offers an alternative route into an Engineering degree at the University of Strathclyde.  The first year is an enhanced HNC programme which is taught at one of seven partner colleges and allows direct transfer into a variety of degree programmes.

The programme code on UCAS is 0BRT.

The Engineering Academy are offering the following support:

  1. Support with any virtual career events or next step events that you may have coming up
  2. They are also happy to offer virtual talks / Q&A’s to a group of pupils interested in applying for the programme. They will have the opportunity to speak to Engineering Academy Graduates who can tell them more about their experience and how the academy supported them through their studies and will answer any questions about the academy.
Pathways to STEM with TCV, LLTNP & Nature Scot

We've been working with The Conservation Volunteers, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park and Nature Scot to bring a careers event to schools in West Dunbartonshire. 2 events took place at Vale of Leven Academy and Our Lady and St. Patrick's and highlighted the work of females in five outdoor/environmental roles. We'd like to extend a massive thanks to all the excellent speakers!

West College Scotland Winter & January Courses

Whether you're getting ready to finish school, looking to retrain or simply upskill, West College Scotland's January and Winter Courses have got you covered. You can choose from part-time, evening & day courses meaning you can fit your learning around you.

There are various courses available in Hospitality, Construction, ESOL, Health & Social Care, Business, Sport, Art & Design, Beauty, Dance, Engineering, Music, Science, Photography, Make-up, Media and Higher English!

Workplace Equality Fund & Women Returners Programme 

The Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills has launched a call for applications to the Workplace Equality Fund and the Women Returners Programme. 
These funds will offer immediate support in the current Covid-19 environment and ensure that work to promote and embed workplace equality continues so that equality groups are not further disadvantaged in the labour market as a result of the effects of Covid-19.

Workplace Equality Fund
Women Returners Programme

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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