June 2019 Update

Your monthly update from the DYW West team.
East Renfrewshire Awards & Bees Knees

This month, the DYW West team attended both the East Renfrewshire Business Awards as well as Inverclyde Chamber's Bees Knees awards. Both nights were a great success with many deserved winners and nominees and congratulations to Greenhouse CIC for winning the Developing East Renfrewshire's Young Workforce Award! Great entertainment was provided on each night by Elaine C Smith and Milton Jones at the Dalmeny Park House Hotel and Inverkip Marina, two wonderful venues.

East Renfrewshire Gallery
Inverclyde Gallery

Mary Russell School receive 250 reusable bottles for Incredible Innovations
Morrison Construction followed up on the Incredible Innovations Competition at the historic Mary Russell School, who just celebrated their 50th anniversary! 250 reusable water bottles were delivered as promised for their efforts in the competition. With plastic pollution on the rise, the pupils at Mary Russell took control of their own environmental considerations and are now able to keep better track of the amount of plastic they use.
West of Scotland Skills Survey
This year West College Scotland published the results of the first ever West of Scotland Skills Survey. The results highlighted where employers could take steps to improve the development of their workforce and bridge the skills gap. The job of DYW West in this capacity is to bring together the College, Schools, local government and business to deliver a step-change in employer engagement in our region. View the published results here to find out more!
Greenpower Graduation

Many young people and the family of those who took part in this year's Greenpower course gathered to celebrate the achievements of those involved at a trophy presentation. Thank you to all the sponsors, staff and young people for making this year's course such a success! Keep an eye on our YouTube channel for a recap of the graduation!

Inver Racers meet Stuart McMillan MSP
Stuart McMillan MSP visited one of those teams who attended the graduation, Inverclyde Academy's Inver Racers. He was enthused and excited about the project Inver Racers had undertaken and how well they'd competed in the East Fortune Heat, finishing 1st in class. This shows the success of the Greenpower programme and the difference it can make to the lives of our young people. Little was Stuart to know that the boys would again achieve a podium finish at the Grampian Transport Museum Heat, achieving 2nd in class! The team have been trying to raise money to fund their International Final adventure at Silverstone and would appreciate any donations. If you are a company who would be interested in sponsoring the team, contact and we can get your logo on the kart for the International Final at Silverstone. You can find their JustGiving page here!
DYW West visit Greenpower Goblins Race
We visited Cowdenbeath Racewall as it staged the Greenpower Goblins Invitational Race, which was a collaboration between BRAG Enterprises, the Greenpower Education Trust, Fife Council and STEAM Fife which allows primary school pupils to compete in competitions like a drag race and a slalom race! The day was even featured in an article by the Central Fife Times!
Greenpower Grampian Transport Museum Heat
June 14th saw the Grampian Transport Museum Heat in Alford! We traveled with East Ren Green Team and Inver Racers as they geared up to compete among 19 teams in total from all over the country. East Ren GT marked a significant improvement to their East Fortune results by finishing 4th in the F24 class, the first race of the day saw the batteries give up on the final straight before the finish line, but they managed to make up for that in the afternoons second race by finishing above 8 others in their class as well as 4 F24+ karts! Inver Racers gained another podium finish as they finished 2nd in class. This race served as practice for them in their journey to Silverstone, where they will compete against teams from all over the world! Our friends in the USA "The Spoke" even published an article about them on their website which you can read here.
Hospitality Takeover 2019
The Hospitality Takeover returned for 2019 across all 3 West College Scotland campuses in our 4 local authorities and proved to be a great success! The driving force behind the Hospitality Takeover is to spark an interest in young people about the hospitality industry and make them aware of various careers journeys they could go on. To do this, we, in partnership with the college, set up a number of activities across 3 days which included: taste testing, languages sessions, chocolate piping and designing gingerbread men and much more! Click here for a gallery of images of all 3 days!
National Ideas Gathering (W.O.R.K)
Various DYW groups were brought together by Young Scot in Stirling for the National Ideas Gathering, the aim of which was for young people to communicate with the DYW regional groups and try to work together to improve the service we provide for young people. Presentations were made and focus groups were formed which gave birth to many interesting ideas in key areas like social media and improving links between ourselves and schools!
Bloodhound LSR
The DYW West team recently undertook Bloodhound Rocketeer training (yes we're officially "Rocketeers" now). For those not in the know, Bloodhound is the name of the car that's trying to break the Land Speed Record (Driver Andy Green has held the record since 1983 and intends to break it again), so what does this have to do with DYW West? Well, as an advocate of STEM subjects, we can now deliver workshops with school pupils where they design and race rocket-powered cars, seeing which one can go faster taking into consideration the weight and aerodynamics of their car. West College Scotland and DYW West carried out this years Inverclyde Bloodhound Heat, where Notre Dame High School, St. Stephen's High School, Inverclyde Academy and St. Columba's High School all attended. For more videos and pictures of what pupils can expect, see our Instagram Stories!
New DYW West Chair: Andrew Bowman
We are delighted to announce Mr Andrew Bowman as our new Chairperson! Andrew is the Head of Business Investment and Operations over at our friends Riverside Inverclyde. Welcome aboard Andrew! To read more on the appointment, head to our website for the full article.
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