November 2017 Newsletter
Young Women into STEM

On Wednesday 25 October, sixty S3 female pupils from across Renfrewshire took part in the Young Women into STEM Event at West College Scotland. Organised in partnership by Renfrewshire Council, West College Scotland and DYW West, the day consisted of practical workshops to provide the young women with the opportunity to try a number of different areas including joinery, bricklaying and painting and decorating. The pupils greatly enjoyed the day and were able to take home items that they had made on the day. Thank you to all those involved in making this day a tremendous success!
Progress of Greenpower

The Greenpower Teams from each of our local authorities are working hard on building their Formula 24 racing cars and designing the team logo and branding. Each team must also contact local businesses in order to attract sponsorship to fund essential equipment they require in order to race their vehicle, including racing suits, helmets and gazebos to cover the car and team when at events. Congratulations to all of the teams on their great progress thus far – stay tuned on our social media for further updates!
Welcome to the team Claire!

We would like to warmly welcome our new Digital Marketing Intern, Claire Robertson, to the DYW West team! Claire will be working on our digital communications and marketing throughout her nine month placement with us.

Scottish Government STEM Strategy

We are delighted to be mentioned in the Scottish Government STEM Strategy alongside West College Scotland! We would like to thank all of our colleagues at West College Scotland and partners across Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire local authorities – opportunities like those mentioned in the report would not be possible without your tremendous support! Read the full report on the Scottish Government website.
West Dunbartonshire Employer Recognition Breakfast

The West Dunbartonshire Employer Partnership Breakfast on 4 October was a great opportunity to thank local organisations who are helping in developing the career awareness and understanding of young people.

Held in Clydebank Town Hall, the morning started with hearing from local partners about the great work being done in the region, followed by the opportunity to hear from employers, teachers and pupils about the positive impact that employer engagement has had on themselves and their students. We would like to congratulate West Dunbartonshire Senior Phase Team for the fantastic event!
Young Enterprise Trade Fairs

The Young Enterprise Company Trade Fairs are fast approaching for the participants across West Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and Renfrewshire!

The Dunbartonshire Area event will be taking place on Saturday 25 November between 9.30am – 2pm at Clydebank Shopping Centre. Please come along and browse the stalls of this year's participants and have the tremendous opportunity to purchase some unique gifts!
Please support the Young Enterprise Xmas Trade Fair on Thursday 7th Dec at Soar intu Braehead (outside the Odeon). The teams (from Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and East Renfrewshire) will be selling the products they have made from 5-7pm and many will have a Christmas theme. The event is open to all - family, friends, school staff and the public.
Good luck to all of the companies taking part in these events, we look forward to hearing more about your innovative products!
DYW West are now on Instagram!

Follow us @dyw_west for pictures from our events
Are you an Apprenticeship Levy Payer?

The Flexible Workforce Development Fund enables organisations to access up to £10,000 of funding towards up-skilling and re-skilling their existing workforce. To be eligible, organisations must be paying the apprenticeship levy and funding cannot be used towards compulsory training. The fund can only be accessed through applications through Scotland’s regional colleges and the Scotland’s Rural College and is allocated on a first come first serve basis. Application for the fund will close on Friday 15 December.

For further information on how you can access the fund through West College Scotland, please visit their website.
Big Bang in the West Region
22-23 November 2017

On Wednesday 22 November and Thursday 23 November, over four hundred S3 pupils from across our four local authorities will work alongside industry leaders to gain hand’s on experience of STEM related fields in order to inspire the future pipeline of talent. Organised in partnership between West College Scotland, Energy Skills Partnership, Engineering UK, DYW West and the respective local authorities, the event will be held at the Clydebank Campus of West College Scotland. We look forward to welcoming all of the young people to the event at the end of the month!

Scottish Mentoring Network National Award Success

Congratulations to our Programme Director Bob Davidson, who was recently awarded the Scottish Mentoring Network National Award for Outstanding Mentoring Contribution. Nominated by the good people at UWS (Lynsey McMahon & Karen Shearer) and past mentees for his work as a mentor over a numbers of years with the award winning UWS Employer Mentoring Programme.

At the event Bob was also recognised for other work he has done at UWS including guest lectures, business club support, industry advisory board support and interview panels. Commenting on the award Bob said “I was delighted to be nominated and it was a lovely surprise to win. I genuinely enjoy mentoring and encourage anyone with life / work experience to share it with others so they can benefit from your experience (and your mistakes!). It is very rewarding and highly recommended."
Bob continues to mentor UWS students and also young people via the Renfrewshire Skills Ambassador Programme.
Working4Business Business Week 2017 and Awards 2018

The Working4Business partnership is delighted to present the area’s first Business Week, a week packed with events aimed at inspiring and supporting new and established businesses in West Dunbartonshire. West Dunbartonshire Business Week offers a broad range of seminars and workshops covering many important issues for the local economy. 

Also, save the date for West Dunbartonshire’s Working4Business Awards 2018 which will be held on Friday 27 April 2018. The glittering awards dinner will recognise the success of local businesses over the last year and celebrate the talent across the local authority!

Good Luck ROCCO Finalists!

Congratulations to all of the shortlisted organisations of the upcoming Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce ROCCO Awards! We look forward to hearing from the shortlisted organisations and revealing the winner of our sponsored category, Excellence in Manufacturing, at the awards dinner on Friday 17 November at the Normandy Hotel in Renfrew.

#nowrongpath Award Success!

Congratulations to DYW Glasgow for winning the Best Use of Social Media Award at the The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards 2017 for the amazing #nowrongpath campaign!

Skills Scotland Event Glasgow

On Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 of November, Skills Scotland will take place at the SEC in Glasgow. The event aims to inspire local young people and their families by giving them the opportunity to try employer led activities relevant to the workplace. The event is free to attend and for further information or to register please visit the SEC Website 
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 Re:Markable 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!
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West College Scotland,
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