October 2020 Update

Your monthly update from the DYW West team.
#STEMWest2020 Call to Employers

Every year for the last 3 years, over 500 school pupils have travelled to West College Scotland’s Clydebank campus in November to talk to employers about how they can take their first steps in a career in STEM.

STEM West is Developing the Young Workforce West Region’s flagship annual event. As you can imagine, this year we won’t be able to host it in person given the current climate. So, with that in mind, we’ve decided to put together a series of videos, each one focused on each aspect of STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths. These videos would be released on W/C 23rd November over 4 days (Monday-Thursday).

Our aim is to make STEM West as relevant and insightful as always and to do that we need your help! We’re looking for employers to get involved with the video series we’re creating and educate young people on STEM careers by providing them with more information on how they can start their career in a STEM industry.

If your business comes under one of the STEM categories, we’d love for you to contribute by talking a bit about what your business does, what skills, qualities & qualifications a young person might need to work there, typical routes into employment (i.e. apprenticeships etc) and what types of opportunities you may currently have or will have in the future. Your segment could be made more engaging by offering to do an activity or demonstration that could be easily followed along in a classroom!


Video Specifications:

  • We’re aiming for these employer segments to last 7-9 minutes
  • Content does not need to be professionally shot, iPhone footage is fine as long as sound quality is good enough and it’s shot in landscape mode
  • Pre-existing company footage would be excellent (could be on-site footage or interview footage for example)

In short, if you know someone in your organisation that you think would be good in front of camera, we’d love to hear what they have to say about the topics mentioned before: company bio, skills & qualities, routes into employment, qualifications, opportunity types and, if possible, an activity or demonstration.

We appreciate that many of you may still be working from home without access to company premises but if you have pre-existing content that’s relevant then you could still contribute! It would allow your business to be showcased in every school we support across our 4 Local Authority Areas and would be a great way to get your name out to all schools and highlight career options that are available.

Our main audience is S3/S4 but it can sometimes be slightly younger or older. If you have content that would be suitable for this age group then please let us know.

We would request that all video content be provided by November 6th to allow sufficient editing time prior to video release. Those interested, please email!


Spread The Word

We’re putting together a campaign pack to help you spread the STEM word across social media. This pack will include example social media posts & graphics for each individual video!

If you want to help get the word out then please contact to get your campaign pack.

Pathways to STEM with TCV, LLNP & 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. The first of 2 events took place this month at Vale of Leven Academy and highlighted the work of females in five outdoor/environmental roles.

We'd like to extend a massive thanks to all the speakers and we can't wait for the next one with Our Lady and St. Patrick's High School in Dumbarton!

University of Strathclyde Engineering Academy

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.
#AJobForEverybody Campaign

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) 21 regional groups are launching an equalities focused social media campaign and week of events across Scotland starting on w/c Monday, 16th November 2020. The week-long campaign will be aimed at employers, parents and young people that promotes, illustrates and celebrates diversity and inclusion in the workplace and hopes to demonstrate the range of support available for young job seekers and employers.

We would love for you to get involved and hear from individuals across your organisation who may have faced some form of challenge or barrier through their journey from education to where they are now.

Get Involved

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Restrictions Fund

Further temporary measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 came into effect from Friday, 9th October and eligible businesses can now apply for grants from the Coronavirus Restrictions Fund via their local authority.

The Scottish Government have set aside up to £40 million to support employees and businesses impacted by these restrictions as part of their commitment to sustainable and inclusive growth and the Coronavirus (COVID-19): fair work statement.

Find out more about eligibility and how to apply

Adopt An Apprentice

More financial support is being provided to employers to take on apprentices who have been made redundant as a result of the pandemic.  

Payments for employers recruiting apprentices who have lost their jobs is being increased from £2,000 to £5,000 through the Scottish Government’s Adopt an Apprentice programme.  

The increased payment will help more apprentices find a new employer and complete their apprenticeship.  

Learn More

Do you want to promote your business or sector to young people? Marketplace makes it easy to pass on your knowledge of your sector through workshops, talks, workplace visits, or placements. 
Find out more about connecting employers and young people by visiting
Heriot-Watt Graduate Apprenticeships January Start
Heriot-Watt University have announced January start dates for  Graduate Apprenticeship programmes in Data Science, Software Development and IT Management for Business programmes.

Graduate Apprenticeship benefits:
  • They are a great way to attract new talent to a company or to upskill and reskill existing employees 
  • All degree programmes are fully-funded by Skills Development Scotland
  • They address Scotland’s critical skills needs
  • Work-based learning approach ensures practical application in the business environment
  • They are an excellent way to recover the Apprenticeship Levy an organisation may already be paying
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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