October 2019 Update

Your monthly update from the DYW West team.
Welcome Ruari!

DYW West are delighted to introduce our new Foundation Apprentice, Ruari Brierton!
Ruari is a 6th year pupil at Williamwood High School and in 5th year studied his 1st year of his Creative & Digital Media FA at West College Scotland. He will be working with us every Friday 'til the end of his final year at school undertaking Digital Marketing responsibilities to gain work experience and develop his employability skills. Welcome, Ruari!

The college (our host) needs more businesses to give opportunities like this to other FA students in not only Creative and Digital Media but also other frameworks such as engineering, business skills, accountancy, care, children & young people, etc.

Please contact us at for more info

DYW West Resources Page

We have a brand new page on our website, dedicated to helping you with CVs, interviews, applications & more! If you're not sure about what to wear to an interview, for example, we've got you covered. If you're not sure what to write on your CV, we've got you covered for that too. Want to know what skills & qualities employers look for? Look no further. 

For our top tips on these situations, click here.

Inver Racers at Silverstone

Inver Racers travelled down to Silverstone, the home of British motorsport, to compete against Greenpower teams from all over the world and represent Scotland. They finished 76th out of over 100 teams and also won the SQN Agency social media award for the best use of social platforms over the 2018/19 season. The boys' journey started in September last year and despite having a small team of only 4 they've gone on to achieve great things. To find out more about Inver Racers' journey to the International Final, check out their twitter page and see this article that SQN Agency published!

International Chefs Day
On October 23rd, West College Scotland welcomed Scottish Chefs and 100 Renfrewshire pupils to partake in 5 activities focused around the hospitality industry to inspire young people into a career in that sector. Pupils were involved in tasting sessions and "mocktail" making among other aspects of the hospitality industry.
STEM West 2019
On the 25th & 26th of November, STEM West will be held at West College Scotland Clydebank Campus for its 3rd year with over 600 pupils attending. We’d like to invite employers from STEM related industries to inspire the future workforce in a fun and interactive way. If you think your business can offer this, please get in touch with!
Hire-Me Workshops

The Hire-Me workshops are back, these sessions are focused around senior phase pupils looking at options after school and are designed to prepare them for different situations that come with working life. These include interviews, CV writing, application forms and much more. Each session is delivered by a professional from industry, specialised in employability skills! To see more from the workshops head to our Instagram page.

DYW Programme Wins Global Finance Policy Silver Award

The Developing the Young Workforce Programme has been awarded the Future Policy Silver Award 2019 by the World Future Council. The Future Policy Award is the only global award that recognises policies for the benefit of present and future generations.

The DYW programme has been selected among 67 nominated policies from 36 countries. Also known as “Oscar for Best Policies”, the Future Policy Award highlights the world’s most impactful policies which empower youth. The other winning laws and policies come from Rwanda, Estonia, Nepal, Los Angeles (USA), Senegal, South Africa and Europe.

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West Dunbartonshire Working4Business Week 2019

Working4Business Week is back for 2019!

From the 25th to 29th of November, West Dunbartonshire businesses can gain from insightful events and workshops, focused on boosting your business. This week offers a comprehensive range of events that will allow businesses to access the wide range of public and private sector support agencies, business experts and entrepreneurs to move their business forward and secure business success.

For more information, visit the Working4Business website.

Mini Game Jam
West College Scotland has announced that the Mini Game Jam events, led by award-winning lecturer Dr Amanda Ford, will be going ahead, providing support to schools through an online community set up using the Scottish schools intranet Glow. The Mini Game Jam is now entering its 8th year and has seen over 1600 children across Scotland take part since the first event was hosted. 

For more information, visit the West College Scotland website.
Can you help DYW West in 2019?
We're seeking employers of all sectors & sizes to help young people get more prepared for the world of work. This could be yourself or a development opportunity for staff. How could you help young people? Examples include: Giving a class talk, supporting a careers event, offering an apprenticeship and more.

Fill out this handy form, if this is something you think you could offer.
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,

Telephone: 0141 581 2352


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