December 2016 Newsletter
'When Will I Use This?'
Eastwood High School S3 Event

DYW West had the privilege to take part in the When Will I Use This? event organised by Eastwood High School. The morning provided S3 pupils with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the importance of numeracy, literacy and transferable skills in the workplace. Employers' operating across a range of industries including healthcare, hospitality, financial services and the public sector were representated on the day which allowed insight into the relevance of vital skills across the world of work. The event was extremely successful and we would like to thank all of the employers who gave their time to participate on the day!  
Young Enterprise Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire Trade Fairs

All members of the DYW West team are involved with the Young Enterprise Company Programme which provides senior phase secondary school pupils with the opportunity to set up their own business with the support of a business advisor from the community.

Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire (which includes East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde) Area Teams recently held their Trade Fairs in which participating companies set up a stall and sell their product to compete for the Best Trade Fair Award. Within the Renfrewshire Area Team, this award was presented to YOUnique Frames from Inverclyde Academy (pictured above). Dunbartonshire Area award winner will be revealed at Final Evening Review on the 15th of March 2017.

Participating in the company programme provides great opportunities for development, even after you have finished competing. Natalie Roberts from Inverclyde Academy, who won the IoD Managing Director Award earlier this year at the Young Enterprise National Finals, was invited to present at the IoD Scotland Conference in November (pictured below).

Congratulations to all of the young people on the fantastic business ideas and thank you to the business advisors for supporting these amazing young entrepreneurs!

Building Relationships in the Construction Industry

We would like to take the opportunity to thank those who attended the construction forum on the 6th of December, held by West College Scotland and DYW West. The event provided the opportunity for local construction companies to gain insight into how the college is preparing young people for the world of work. We look forward to working in partnership with you and West College Scotland over the coming months. 
Developing Links in Computing

The Computing department of the college recently asked DYW West to help them develop new industry partnerships. We offered to arrange and faciliate an Industry Advisory Board that took place in December where computing professionals were given the opportunity to share their views on the college curriculum. The first meeting was successful with a further three meetings planned for 2017. This format will now also be adopted for building relations with Accountancy employers in the West.
Thanks to our friends at Hillington Park for including an article about us in their Hillington Herald, the publication for Scotland's largest business park. We are in discussions with Invest in Renfrewshire on an event for Hillington Park businesses in Spring 2017 - watch this space!
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 Investors in Young People 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!
Well Done Brian!
Many of you will have met our Modern Apprentice Brian, we are pleased to announce that he has successfully completed the SVQ required for his modern apprenticeship. Congratulations Brian, keep up the good work!
Would you like the opportunity to speak directly with your future workforce?

The following secondary schools would like to invite you to attend their upcoming careers information evenings which gives employers the opportunity to advise young people about the skills required to work in your industry. 

25th January 2017 6.30pm-8.30pm;
Vale of Leven Academy 

9th February 2017 Evening;
Our Lady and St Patricks High School

If you would like more information or would like to support either of the above events 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 people.
Our mailing address is:
Developing the Young Workforce West RE114,
West College Scotland,
Renfrew Road,

Telephone: 0141 581 2352

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