September 2020 Update

Your monthly update from the DYW West team.
Kickstart Scheme

The UK Government have introduced a new Kickstart Scheme that provides funding to employers to create new 6-month paid work placements for young people (aged 16-24) who are currently on Universal Credit.

The Kickstart Scheme aims to create new, fully funded jobs across the UK. Funding will cover:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week (giving employers the option to top up these payments)
  • The associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

There will be extra funding to help young people move into sustained employment after they’ve completed their 6-month placement under the Scheme.

The Kickstart scheme was announced in July as part of the Chancellor’s Plan for Jobs, a package to support youth unemployment, which includes tripling the number of traineeships, incentivising employers to hire more apprentices through a £2,000 payment to employers for every apprentice they hire under the age of 25 and investing in our National Careers Service so people can receive bespoke advice on training and work.

Kickstart Scheme:




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.
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.

Youth Guarantee

The Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Fiona Hyslop MSP, has announced further details on how the Youth Guarantee will give young people the chance to succeed despite the economic impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).  The announcement has confirmed additional investment for Developing the Young Workforce Regional Groups to support the delivery of the Youth Guarantee including strengthening our offer in the senior phase and ensuring those furthest from the labour market can access the appropriate support.

Find Out More

West College Scotland - Spaces left for September Starts
Still unsure of your next steps? West College Scotland still has places left on various courses! Whether you're a school leaver or an adult returner looking to upskill or retrain, it's not too late make your 2020 vision happen. There are still spaces on Business courses, Travel & Tourism courses and 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
Scotland's Biggest Parents' Events
There's still time to catch up on our 4 SBPE events if you didn't manage to catch them first time round. Go to Young Scot's YouTube channel to learn more about Vocational Pathways, #NoWrongPath, Priority Industries and more!

Hear from those that supported our webinars: NHS, Doosan Babcock, Lloyds Banking Group, Scottish Water, Sky, NatWest Group and many more!
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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