May 2022 Update

Your regular update from the DYW West team.

Our New Climate Heroes
We are delighted to announce that Claire Mistretta from CCG Construction and Kay Maris from RSPB have signed up to be Climate Heroes.

As Climate Heroes, Claire and Kay will help to influence and inspire our young people on the career pathways to enter the new green economy.

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
Isobel Mair School Employer Brunch
Isobel Mair school in East Renfrewshire are seeking employers to support their ASN pupils with talks, tours & work experience.

The aim is that every school will have an effective and sustainable partnership with at least one employer. The hope is to strengthen links between education and employers.

Employers will have the opportunity to recruit from school, learn more about ERC vocational and post school programmes and how we prepare our young people for the world of work.

Learn more at their Employer Brunch 10th June, 11am at West College Scotland.

East Renfrewshire Employer Brunch

 Secondary schools in East Renfrewshire are seeking employers to support their pupils with talks, tours & work experience.
The aim is that every school will have an effective and sustainable partnership with at least one employer, with the hope of strengthening links between education and employers.
Employers will be offered the opportunity to recruit from school, learn more about ERC vocational and post school programmes and how to prepare our young people for the world of work.

Learn more at their Employer Brunch on 17th June,10am at Barrhead High School.
Register here

Hair, Beauty and Make Up Artistry Taster Event

This month we had a number of S1 school pupils from East Renfrewshire who attended a Hair, Beauty and Make Up Artistry taster session at West College Scotland Paisley campus. 

The pupils were treated to various classes with lecturers to learn the ropes of the hair, beauty and make up artistry industry. Many of the pupiles left with a new positive outlook of the industry with the hope to attend college in the future.

Thank you to all of the college staff and students who hosted the brilliant sessions.

"Business Matters in Renfrewshire"
We had a brilliant day at "Business Matters in Renfrewshire" networking event at The Lagoon, in Paisley last week.

It was great to be back at an in person networking event meeting lots of lovely people. We even managed to attend a few of the brilliant seminars throughout the day.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to speak with us. Here's to next year!

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

The Verdancy Group
My Climate Path is a COP26 education legacy initiative for Scotland's young people created by DYW Glasgow, DYW West (Developing the Young Workforce) and DYW LED proudly supported by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and funded by the Scottish Government.

The team have launched a series of funded online e learning modules covering Climate impact, opportunity and commitment.

The aim is to inform and inspire our young people on the roles and skills required for the jobs of the future that will drive sustainable economic growth in a circular and a net zero economy.  

To discuss access to the resources please email:

#climatechange | #opportunity | #DYWScot | #YPGuarantee

My Climate Path : Learning package demo for community groups - Recording - YouTube
STEM West 2022 - Save The Date
STEM West is back!

Our 2022 STEM West event will return on 21st-22nd November at West College Scotland, Clydebank campus.

This event is there to help to inspire young people to choose STEM subjects at school and have employers showcase early careers in their industry.

If you are an employer who is interested in showcasing your company and/or early careers, with something interactive or hands on for S3-S4 pupils to engage with over the 2 days then please let us know.

Interested in showcasing at STEM West 2022?

Young People Are Great
Developing the Young Workforce are celebrating the achievements and resilience of young people across Scotland through a new campaign called Young People are Great, and we are asking for your support.

The campaign aims to:
Highlight the key achievements and resilience of young people across Scotland
Raise awareness of the greatness young people bring to any workforce
Spread good news, success and motivation

We invite you to get involved in this new campaign, which launches Monday 6 June 2022 and will run until Friday 10 June 2022.

Download the campaign resources below

Partner Toolkit
Campaign Toolkit
LinkedIn/Facebook/Instagram Visuals
Twitter Visuals
Power of Youth Day 2022
Young people make a huge impact in our communities every day. They use their energy, skills and ideas to make positive change in their local areas and beyond, working to shape a better future for everyone. We must support and empower young people to play an even bigger role in shaping their communities and society.

Every year, thousands of peolpe across the UK celebrate Volunteers' Week. On the 6th of June, we're joining in to share the "Power of Youth". At DYW West we believe that it should be the norm for every young person to make a positive difference in their community, and are committed to making that a reality.

Get involved
Apply or Nominate an #IWill Ambassador
Applications to become an #IWill Ambassador are now open!
These are young people aged 12-25 who are campaigning, volunteering or fundraising to make a difference in their communities.

Each year, the #IWill movement recruits young people aged 12-25 as #IWill Ambassadors. The campaign celebrated the impact these young people are having in their communities and gives them a platform to spread their message and get other young people involved. They also play an active role in shaping the campaign.

Do you know a young person leading change?

For more infomation, click here
You can nominate a young person you work with here

Applications close on the 3rd of July
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
Request a STEM Ambassador
Young Person's Guarantee

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