August 2019 Update

Your monthly update from the DYW West team.
Andrew Bowman: A Message from Our Chair

Can you support DYW West in 2019?

Our Chair, Andrew Bowman, outlines the different ways in which you, as employers, can help young people get more prepared for the world of work. See the video here!

Deputy First Minister visits Inver Racers

The Inver Racers, the Greenpower race team from Inverclyde  were visited this week by the Deputy First Minister John Swinney at the Greenock campus of West College Scotland. John was so impressed with the team he made a donation to their fundraising and made a short video. The team still need your help to raise more money for the Greenpower International Final in Silverstone in October where they will be racing against teams from all over the world including China and the USA. These funds go towards racing costs, entry fees, transport and more!

All donations are greatly appreciated and to donate visit:

STEM West returns for 2019
On the 25th & 26th of November, STEM West will be held at West College Scotland Clydebank Campus for its 3rd year. We’d like to invite employers from STEM related industries to inspire the future workforce in a fun and interactive way.
The Recruit Final Awards Dinner
We'd like to wish all of The Recruits from this year a massive congratulations for all their hard work! Throughout the programme they showed off their business skills, with 9 young people gaining employment as a result!
Young Enterprise Launch

The Young Enterprise Company Programme in Renfrewshire, Inverclyde & East Ren for 2019-20 launched 28th Aug at West  College Scotland. Senior phase teams supported by a teacher & business adviser (BA) from almost 20 schools are taking part this year. And for the 1st time ever - the programme can be accredited to SCQF level 6. We are looking for a couple more BA's - if you can commit an hour every week or 2 in school, then please get in touch - (schools who need a BA are Renfrew High, St Ninian's HS & St Luke's.)

Invest In Renfrewshire Jobs Fair

Invest in Renfrewshire are hosting another Invest in Renfrewshire Job Fair this year, with over 500 jobs on offer! If you or anyone you know is looking for work or a career change, this could be a great opportunity!

Date: Wednesday, 4th September
Time: 9.30am-12.30pm
Location: The Lagoon Leisure Centre, Paisley PA1 1NB

See you there!

Could you offer a work placement?

DYW West are supporting West College Scotland by helping source employers who would be interested in offering a work placement to a Foundation Apprentice (FA) student. This would be only one day per week,  from Sep/Oct to May and could help a young person be better prepared for their future career. We are looking for engineering companies in particular to get involved. The young people are in 6th year at school. FA's are at the same level as Highers and recognised by all college and universities in Scotland. They are a great way of young people pursuing a qualification in a career they are interested in and get that much needed relevant work experience.

If you can help please get in touch by emailing

ROCCO Awards 2019

Is your business actively supporting the development of the young workforce and preparing them for the world of work? We would love to see your company enter The ROCCO Award for Developing the Young Workforce - sponsored by DYW West.

To enter your company, visit and download the award application form!


Founders4schools allows employers and educators to connect and help inspire the future workforce. You could do this through hosting a workplace tour, giving a class talk, running a competition and much more! Just visit Founders4Schools for more details.

Thanks for everything Paula!

Paula Leca recently left DYW West for pastures new - Paula will be greatly missed by colleagues, partners, teachers and employers across the Renfrewshire & Inverclyde area. Paula has helped hundreds of young people better prepare for the world of work. We wish Paula all the best in her new role.

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.
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