A Look Back At 2020

Your monthly update from the DYW West team.
British Airways Tour
We visited Elaine Lawson at British Airways Maintenance earlier this month. Elaine very kindly gave us a tour of their operation and we were able to see first hand the intricate maintenance programme their fleet goes through at their site at Glasgow Airport. We have worked closely with Elaine over the last few years as she works in the local area with schools to help inspire young people and let them get an insight into working in Engineering as well as offering young people a chance at Work Experience at their site and a potential career through their Apprenticeship Programme.

Careers Fairs
The DYW West team attended multiple careers events at schools in various regions in the month of January, including Johnstone HS, Mary Russell School, Trinity HS and Dumbarton Academy as well as the Renfrewshire Apprenticeship Careers Fair held at the Lagoon Centre in Paisley! Each school attracted a great range of employers for pupils to learn from and talk to about their industry.

DYW Conference
On the 23rd of February, all DYW regional groups were invited to The Studio in Glasgow for the first All Staff DYW Conference. It was great to see DYW staff members from all across the country congregate to discuss the future vision of the programme in all areas.

Career Ready Breakfast Event
We were delighted to support the Career Ready Breakfast Event at West College Scotland on February 26th. Mark McCorkindale from Diageo started us off by sharing some of his experiences before employers heard from current Career Ready Students and learned how employers could get involved. Massive thanks to the volunteers and employers who attended on the day!


We still managed to get some exciting stuff done in March this year before we began working from home:

Scottish Apprenticeship Week
Thank you to everyone who took part in Scottish Apprenticeship Week this year! We had a great week and were involved in lots of great events Including the Inverclyde Apprenticeship Careers Fair which had an excellent range of employers there including Diodes Inc, BBC Scotland, Scottish Leather Group & more! Check out this 
photo album from the day!

International Women's Day
We celebrated International Women's Day in style once again this year as we spread it across a whole week! With a particular focus on getting young women into STEM subjects and industries, we took groups on tours of some of the largest employers in the West Region. Seeing behind the scenes at the Inverclyde Royal hospital, Royal Alexandria hospital, British Airways and Rolls-Royce will hopefully inspire young women to pick more STEM subjects and a career in a STEM-related industry!
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Young Enterprise Renfrewshire Area Final
On March 12th, The Normandy Hotel welcomed the Young Enterprise Renfrewshire Area Finals which saw excellent presentations from teams from all over the West of Scotland. Congratulations to all teams for making it this far and to all the winners and runners-up. Want to see more? check out this photo album and video from the day.


On Thursday, 24th April, the 21 DYW regional groups called for those of us working from home to share pictures of what they're getting up to and involving their children with their daily work on the day that would normally be Bring Your Child to Work Day! See what happened across Scotland on #DYWChildToWork day here!

Schools' Technical Departments Make Masks for NHS Staff
The Design & Technology department's from Clydebank HS, St. Lukes HS, Mearns Castle HS & Barrhead HS were busy during the lockdown, making masks for keyworkers which were being used on the frontline and in local GPs! St. Lukes managed to make over 3000 face shields, a fantastic effort!

Diodes Donate 17,000 Masks to Frontline Staff
Greenock semiconductor manufacturer Diodes donated 17,000 face masks to Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership to help protect front-line health and care staff in the fight against the Coronavirus.

Gerry McCarthy, managing director of Diodes UK, said: “This plant has been part of the community since the early 1970s and we’ve had tremendous support from so many people during that time."
You can read the full story here.


Enginuity Skills Miner Launch
Enginuity believes that one engineer can change their world … and ours, given the chance. However, the next generation doesn’t seem to be giving engineering the chance, that’s why Enginuity is looking somewhere new for budding engineers.

Introducing Skills Miner, a set of 5 custom levels created by Enginuity in Minecraft designed to unlock players' engineering potential. Play Skills Miner today and see where your skills could take your career!

Go to for more information and watch the launch video at!


The first week of June saw the #DYWKeyWorkers campaign highlight the roles that have kept the country going throughout the pandemic. 

Check out this article to see how the week played out and check out our FacebookInstagramLinkedIn and Twitter and YouTube to see what the West Region's employers had to say about the role they play on the frontline!

Hour Crafty Clocks - Regional Young Enterprise Winners
Congratulations to Hour Crafty Clocks! The Young Enterprise Regional Winners, scooped the Best Presentation and Digital Presence Awards recently at the Scottish Virtual Finals. Visit their Twitter Page and Instagram Page top find out more about the team from St. Columba's in Gourock!


DYW Skills Academy
The DYW Skills Academy began in July this year, each week of the 5-week programme was centred around a different aspect of employability like Industry Insights, e-Learning, Applying for Jobs and more! Catch up on each activity here.

Scotland's Biggest Parents' Events
SBPE returned this year and was modified to be more applicable and accessible. This year it's comprised of 4 events: Pathways to Industry, Vocational Pathways, #NoWrongPath to Industry & Pathways to Priority Industries. Catch up on all the events here.

Farewell Dennie
July also so our Events Executive Dennie move on from the DYW West team. Dennie joined us back in 2018 and was responsible for the success behind our STEM West, Hospitality Takeover and Incredible Innovations events and more. We made this short video to thank Dennie for all the amazing work she did in her time here!


The annual #NoWrongPath campaign grows from strength to strength every year. We were delighted to collaborate with big names such as NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Doosan Babcock, NMIS and more! We're determined to bring inspiring stories from industry professionals every year on the week of exam results. These individuals are a testament to the fact that your exam results aren't the defining factor in your future career. While it would be preferable to get the results you're looking for, you can still achieve your career goals no matter the circumstance. Visit for more information.

Watch all the videos on our YouTube Channel.

We were delighted to have collaborated with the likes of Skills Development Scotland, the NHS and Doosan Babcock for our #DYWUp2U webinars. Also, a special thanks to our presenter Gavin Oattes from Tree of Knowledge!

If you missed it, all webinars are available to view now at


Kickstart Scheme
In September, the UK Government 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.

Kickstart Scheme:




Youth Guarantee
The Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Fiona Hyslop MSP, 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 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.
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Pathways to STEM with TCV, LLTNP & NatureScot
In October we worked with The Conservation Volunteers, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park and Nature Scot to bring a careers event to schools in West Dunbartonshire. 2 events took place at Vale of Leven Academy and Our Lady and St. Patrick's and highlighted the work of females in five outdoor/environmental roles. We'd like to extend a massive thanks to all the excellent speakers!


As you might expect, our annual STEM West event was a bit different this yearand so we produced a series of videos for young people. We'd like to extend a massive thanks to all of the employers who got involved with STEM West this year!

We had amazing career information, insights and inspiration from some of the West Region's most amazing employers including:

  • Advanced Forming Research Centre
  • Diodes
  • Institute of Civil Engineers
  • Doosan
  • Kier Group
  • Lantra
  • National Manufacturing Institute Scotland
  • Scottish Leather Group
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Aggreko
  • Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Royal Bank of Scotland

If you missed it, you can head to our YouTube channel to learn more about the world of STEM, apprenticeships, what employers look for in young people as well as some hands-on activities and experiments you can do at home:

#AJobForEverybody, #MySkillsMakeMe Campaign
The #AJobForEverybody campaign returned this year with an exciting new element to it in the form of #MySkillsMakeMe.

The campaign was aimed at employers, parents and young people that promotes, illustrates and celebrates diversity and inclusion in the workplace, demonstrating the range of support available for young job seekers and employers as well as showcasing transferable skills and value through a diverse workplace. 

There was a series of events across the week (16th-20th November) including a live event: ‘Strengthening Diversity through Inclusion’ with 3 In Consulting and several webisodes from the DWP featuring Disability Confident and the return of ‘Play Your Cards Right!’ with Sue Livermore, (from Dumfries & Galloway College).

Catch up on those webisodes here.


DYW Skills Academy E-Learning Modules
In December of this year, we were delighted to be able to offer access to a series of e-learning modules to young people who are still in school but are planning to leave or go into employment. These modules followed on from our DYW Skills Academy programme that ran over the summer of 2020.

Modules included:

  • Life at Work
  • Basic Health and Safety
  • Customer Service
  • Cyber Security
  • GDPR

On completion of each module, pupils would receive a certificate and be encouraged to include the modules on their CVs and reference them in any personal statements, applications or job interviews they may have as evidence of their knowledge and training.

Additional Funding from Scottish Government
We also received additional funding from the Scottish Government to be used by our 4 Local Authorities to resource DYW Schools coordinators. These roles will work with DYW West to maximise employer opportunities and help pupils reach a sustained positive destination.

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

Thank you so much to everyone who's worked with us in 2020, it's been a year like no other we're sure you'll agree. We wouldn't be able to help young people if it wasn't for all of our partners, so we'd like to extend our thanks to our local authorities, chambers of commerce, schools, employers and of course our amazing hosts West College Scotland.

We'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year from the DYW West team. Let's make 2021 bigger and better!

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