November 2016 Newsletter
Young Women Into Construction
Raising industry awareness

On the 13th of October ninety-five young women from each high school in Renfrewshire flooded into West College Scotland in Paisley to be inspired by women who have built successful careers in the Construction and STEM Industry (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

The event was supported by Renfrewshire Council, British Gas, Clark Contracts, the NHS and Sweco, who all have challenges in recruiting female apprentices into traditionally male dominated roles.  Not only did the young women get the chance to speak to the employers about their careers but also about future opportunities within the company. In addition to this, participants got the chance to get their hands dirty and try some practical activities in renewables, painting and decorating, bricklaying and joinery.

Great fun was had by all in attendance and hopefully it made some steps towards addressing gender imbalance in the construction industries!

STEM Fortnight in West Dunbartonshire
Inspiring the next generation

STEM Fortnight landed in West Dunbartonshire during the first two weeks of October to inspire the next generation about the relevance of science, technology, engineering and maths skills across a variety of industries. Employers from the across the region were involved in devising engaging workshops for over 160 young people which ranged from learning about the process of manufacturing sunglasses to how to insert a cardiac pacemaker!

All of pupils involved thoroughly enjoyed their time on-site working with the employers and gained a tremendous amount of insight into the organisations. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved to make this event a success

Stay tuned to find out about the East Renfrewshire STEM Fortnight events being planned!
Local Employers Inspire Local Students
Careers Events in Inverclyde

St Stephens Positive Destinations Day
DYW had the privilege to take part in the St Stephens Positive Destinations event.  As part of the day the pupils were able to speak with a range of employers about the world of work and opportunities available within their specific sector. With support from an abundance of employers such as; Clark Contracts, McLaren Packaging, Rolls Royce, Ferguson Marine and West Coast Cinemas, the event ran from 9am until the end of the school day. The event was very well organised by Margaret Harvey at the school, and all the young people and the employers got a lot out of the day! 

Inverclyde Academy Careers Evening
A careers evening organised by Catriona Sherry from Inverclyde Academy this month was well attended by the pupils and parents, with a number of educational establishments and employers being represented. Universities, colleges and employers such as Inverclyde Council, Aldi, Santander, and Campbell Construction Group were able to speak with and answer any questions from attendees. A special mention to David at Whyte and Christie who brought his entire Joinery workshop so the young people could have an interactive experience! 
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!
Our mailing address is:
Developing the Young Workforce West RE114,
West College Scotland,
Renfrew Road,

Telephone: 0141 581 2352

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