August 2020 Update

Your monthly update from the DYW West team.
Up2U Live Webinar Series | #DYWUp2U20

Thank you to everyone who tuned in to our #DYWUp2U20 webinars last week! We were delighted to have collaborated with the likes of Skills Development Scotland, the NHS and Doosan Babcock to name a few. Also, a special thanks to our presenter Gavin Oattes from Tree of Knowledge!

If you missed it, all webinars are available to view now at

DYW Skills Academy Round-up

Thank you to everyone who contributed and registered for the very first DYW Skills Academy! Each week focused on a different aspect of getting young people "industry ready".

We had great input from some of Scotland's biggest names across various sectors. Visit or to hear from the likes of Diageo, the NHS, The Prince's Trust and more.

#NoWrongPath 2020 Round-up

In its 4th consecutive year, the #NoWrongPath campaign continues to grow and share inspirational stories of those who've not taken the conventional path to career success. You can see some of those stories by visiting our website.

We'd like to extend a special thank you to A.C. Whyte & Co. Ltd. Many of their staff got involved with the campaign, you can find out more about the various journies they've experienced on their Twitter & Facebook pages.

As well as those we've featured, we'd also like to thank Kier GroupRenfrewshire Chamber of Commerce & Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce. The campaign reached an amazing level of involvement and coverage all over the country with around 15,000 posts and 9,000 individual contributors which reached over 17 million people! We're extremely grateful. Until next year!

Work Experience request - Baristas

Our colleagues at East Renfrewshire run a Barista programme as part of their extensive vocational offering. To compliment the young people's training they are seeking employers to offer work experience. If you can assist please contact our Programme Executive for East Renfrewshire, Jan, at

Participants work towards achieving their SCQF Level 5 Barista Skills award and take part in a work experience.The course covers:
• Coffee Roasting and blend selection
• Learning to operate a coffee machine
• Maintenance and cleaning of coffee machine
• Setting the coffee grinder
• Perfecting espresso extraction times
• Tamping and packing coffee for shots
• Assessing the qualities of the coffee
• Milk steaming and how to make silky micro foam for the milk based coffees
• Making the coffees including espressos, lattés, cappuccinos, flat whites etc
• Latte Art
• General barista skills
Placements usually a day a week and during school times.

Scottish Government Job Start Payment

Young unemployed people, from Monday 17th August, can apply to get £250 to help with the costs of starting a new job.

The Job Start Payment is a new benefit to support you with those costs. It’s for 16 to 24-year-olds living in Scotland who have been unemployed and in receipt of a qualifying benefit for at least 6 months. The payment is for anything that you need to get you into their new job – clothes, tools, travel or childcare costs. People who have a child will get £400.

Find out more

West College Scotland Creative & Digital Media Foundation Apprenticeship Placements
We are helping West College Scotland source employer placements for Foundation Apprenticeship students. Placements are typically a day a week during school term in 6th year. In particular, we need more employers in Creative & Digital Media (this doesn't need to be creative, it can be a marketing department in a business) in West Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire.
What are the benefits of a Foundation Apprenticeship?

• They're the same level as a Higher
• They involve learning about the industry and doing real work that they can evidence against the framework for their qualification
• They can act as a long interview and could lead to an employer offering them a job as a Modern or Graduate Apprentice
• The employer does not need to pay during the FA placement
They typically start after the summer (but can be earlier) and we're being asked to start conversations with industry now.
Learn more about FAs:

Hear from West College Scotland themselves: 

"Are you an employer who would like to support a Creative and Digital Media Foundation Apprenticeship work placement? Placements start in September 2020 and last until the end of the term 2021, learners attend their placement one day per week. Working hours are flexible depending on business requirements. Could you offer a marketing role where a learner could work on digital marketing, creating and editing video content or even work within a local radio station? Could you offer a role where a leaner could assist in social media platforms and website content? The delivery of placements can be flexible to suit the needs of the employer. "

If you can support a Foundation Apprenticeship placement, please get in touch at!
West College Scotland Digital Manufacturing FA
West College Scotland has announced a new Foundation Apprenticeship in Digital Manufacturing, the first of it's kind in Scotland!

Are you in S4 or S5 and picking subjects for your next year? This new FA for Renfrewshire school pupils is now open for applications.  After successful completion of the programme pupils will be offered an interview for a college place or a modern apprenticeship … getting a head start on a career for the future.

This brand-new programme is only on offer in Renfrewshire and is being delivered in partnership with West College Scotland,  Renfrewshire Council, the new National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and leading Renfrewshire manufacturers.
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.
Mailing Address:
Developing the Young Workforce West RE114,
West College Scotland,
Renfrew Road,

Telephone: 0141 581 2352


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