February 2022 Update

Your regular update from the DYW West team.

We are delighted to announce that NMIS have signed up to be our first Climate Heroes!

As a Climate Hero, NMIS will help to influence and inspire our young people on the career pathways to enter the new green economy.

They have committed to offering young people with meaningful work experience in a role that has impact towards sustainability. This will allow young people to take one step closer to both entering the world of work and making a difference towards tackling the climate emergency.

Are you interested in becoming a Climate Hero?

Email: for more details
Young Person's Guarantee

If your organisation is taking on apprentices, utilising kickstart or supporting schools now or you plan to in the future, then please sign up to the Young Person’s Guarantee. The YPG is a commitment to bring together employers, partners and young people.  We already have a great list of employers who have joined the YPG and each of them are doing 1 or more of the following 5 asks:

What are the aims of Young Person’s Guarantee?

  • To prepare young people for the world of work through engaging with education, work experience and work-based learning opportunities
  • Engage with and provide opportunities to young people who face barriers to work
  • Create apprenticeships, training and upskilling opportunities for young people
  • Create jobs and opportunities for young people
  • Create an inclusive workplace to enable young people to meet their potential
Are you interested in joining the YPG?

View the guide to the YPG - here
View the YPG proforma, where employers can sign up - here

To discuss how your organisation can support the YPG please contact us at

To support YPG through your internal comms channels you can access the campaign toolkit to share with young people and their parents and carers about the Young Person’s Guarantee.

#YPG | #YPGuarantee | #YoungPersonsGuarantee

Paisley Grammar School & Ashleigh Scotland 

On the 28th January, Paisley Grammar school put together a mock interview programme as their pupils had not had the opportunity to take part in work experience for a number of years now due to COVID.

This mock interview programme gave them the opportunity to have a real life interaction with an employer. Their seniors had a fantastic opportunity to apply for a job and experience a job interview at the hands of a practitioner in their chosen field.

Ashleigh Scotland who are offering educational opportunities for local Secondary Schools, as part of their two year new affordable housing development they are constructing in Paisley, were one of the many employers who took part in the event.

Many thanks to Lauren Cahir from Ashleigh for attending this event.

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 22
Scottish Apprenticeship Week is back on the 7th-11th March 2022

Scottish Apprenticeship Week shines a light on the vital role apprenticeships play in supporting people, employers and the economy.

This year’s theme is Apprenticeships Work, with the aim to highlight how apprenticeships are providing the skills employers need now and for the future.

Want to get involved?
West Dunbartonshire Careers Fair

West Dunbartonshire Council, along with Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce and Skills Development Scotland, held a virtual Careers Fair from the 7th-11th February.

Over the 5 days there were a number of pre recorded talks and skills sessions, all which provided support and information to pupils on their future routes and pathways.

The following schools participated: Clydebank, SPTA, OLSP, Dumbarton, VOLA, Choices & Kilpatrick.

Linwood High School & Santander

On the 3rd February, Linwood High hosted a careers 'Speed Dating' event where S3 and S4 pupils had the opportunity to speak to many employers and ask them a series of questions in regards to career paths into varied industries.

Santander were one of the employers who attended this event.

Many thanks to Graeme, who enjoyed going back to his old school and speaking to the pupils and his old teachers!

Webinar For Employers Involved In Climate Emergency

This webinar will help employers involved in addressing the Climate Emergency find out why it makes it easier for young people and employers to connect, and how to get involved.
Delivered by the Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland the webinar includes:

  • an overview of the Young Person’s Guarantee, the 5 asks of employers and how to sign up
  • examples from employers on how they’ve got involved
  • Climate Emergency information from SDS and information on apprenticeships and business support

The event will be hosted and introduced by Fuel Change.

The webinar takes place on Wednesday 16th March at 10am.

More details and sign up

Apprenticeships Work For Your Business - Webinar

Employers that want to find new talent, develop their workforce and build skills they need now, for a sustainable future should join this one hour webinar to find out how apprenticeships can offer the solution.

• Hear from other employers and their apprentices about the benefits of apprenticeships
• Find out from experts about the practical support available to recruit or upskill existing employees through apprenticeships
• Learn how Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships can support employee progression and skills development

This event is for employers of all sizes and sectors across Scotland to find out how Scottish Apprenticeships can work for their business.

This webinar takes place on Monday 7th March 1000-1100

More details and sign up

Marketplace Survey

Marketplace’s goal is to become a cohesive, easy to use platform that benefits all of its users, becoming the place to go to foster connections between industry and students. By improving its user journey and design, the connection between employers and students will become dynamic, functional, and most importantly – accessible.

The DYW National team has been working with the team behind Marketplace to develop a survey for the review of Marketplace so they can understand the needs of the users better.

We ask that you please fill out this quick survey to get your feedback, before Friday 4th March 2022.

Employers - Educators -

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.
Useful Links:

Career Ready
DYW Live!
DYW Skills Academy & e-DYW
MCR Pathways
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