May 2017 Newsletter
One Year Celebration

DYW West have now been in place as a team for just over a year. To celebrate our first year we are holding an event at the college to show some of the work we have done, thank many that have been involved and share plans for the year ahead.

15th of June between 4pm - 5.30pm in the Paisley Campus of West College Scotland

If you would like to attend this free event please register via
this link
DYW West; Scottish Apprenticeship Challenge

DYW West are inviting local companies in the West Region (Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and West Dunbartonshire) to take part in the Scottish Apprenticeship Challenge which recognises the skills and creativity of apprentices and allows them to showcase their contribution to the local community.

For further information and the registration document, please visit

He's through to the final! 

We would like to say an amazing well done and congratulations to our very own Brian Evans who has made it through to the final of the
Bees Knees Awards 2017 - in the Emerging Young Talent Category. The winner will be announced on the 9th June at the Awards Gala Dinner at the Kip Marina, Inverkip. We would like to wish all of the finalists the very best of luck as we look forward to the big night! 

Invest in Renfrewshire and DYW West;
Supporting Local Employers


Invest and DYW West recently partnered together on an event held at Hillington Park (Scotland's largest business park) to showcase the support both organisations can provide to Renfrewshire employers. 40 people enjoyed a networking breakfast and some quick info updates on the different areas Invest and DYW West can offer support. DYW West and Invest in Renfrewshire will be on site and holding regular surgeries within Hillington Park Innovation Centre.

Next month’s surgery will be Wednesday 7th June 2017 13.00 – 16.00 – Please come along!

Jobs Fairs

DYW West was involved in two very well attended jobs fairs recently. The Invest 500 jobs event at Paisley Town Hall and the West Dunbartonshire Clydebank Jobs Fair at the new leisure centre. Across both events approximately 2,000 people attended. We engaged with dozens of young people; talking about subject choices, careers paths, skills employers are looking for and helping them make the most of these events as they are a great opportunity for young people to engage with employers from many different industries and sectors.

Running out of our popular
"Hints ‘n Tips" leaflets and the DYW West pens is always a sign of a busy event!

STEM East Renfrewshire

We arranged STEM events for East Renfrewshire schools recently - involving sport and virtual reality with West College Scotland and SGN (previously Scottish Gas Network) provided a whole host of activities aligned to SGN careers. Thank you to the college and SGN for offering these important inspiring events to the schools!

Skills Ambassadors in Action

DYW West along with a number of Skills Ambassadors from Renfrewshire (our Director, Bob Davidson is one himself) took part in a full mock interview process at Johnstone High School. The pupils had to present themselves at reception as if attending a real life interview, with a CV and a cover letter. The students got the chance to experience the level of skill required in interviewing successfully and got top tips from the Skills Ambassadors on how to sell themselves to an employer.

The standard was excellent and a credit to the school and all the young people involved helping prepare themselves for the world of work. Skills Ambassadors are mentors for schools - and in Renfrewshire are delivered in partnership with Renfrewshire Chamber & the Joint Employabilty Project at Renfrewshire Council. We are in discussion to extend Skills Ambassadors to other authorities in the West.

The Power of Social Media

DYW West is continually sharing updates across social media of the opportunities within the region for young people. Recently, when Rolls Royce told us they were recruiting 15 Modern Apprentices at their site in Inchinnan, our Facebook post in particular went crazy. The post was shared 563 times, reached almost 97,000 people, liked 47 times and commented on over 150 times by people tagging friends and relatives to alert them of the opportunities with the well-respected company in the West.

Bloodhound Challenge at West College Scotland

The Energy Skills Partnership and pupils from Johnstone High School had a blast building & racing rocket cars at West College Scotland. The Bloodhound Challenge is using a 1,000mph world land speed record attempt to inspire the next generation to get involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The pupils had a great day learning about rocket science and engineering and even beat our very own Gary Murray!
Whitelee Wind Farm Tour

24 S1 Scientists from Gryffe High School thoroughly enjoyed a workshop, exhibition and tour recently at Whitelee Windfarm. The pupils learned all about the importance of 'pitching' turbine blades, before touring the 215 Wind Turbines.
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!

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!
Our mailing address is:
Developing the Young Workforce West RE114,
West College Scotland,
Renfrew Road,

Telephone: 0141 581 2352

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