March 2019 Update

Your monthly update from the DYW West team.

The Inverclyde Apprenticeship Careers Fair was back for 2019 at Greenock Town Hall! Held during Scottish Apprenticeship Week, the event was supported by many employers incuding BBC Scotland, NHS, Rolls-Royce, JP Morgan, and Ferguson Marine. Young people got the chance to speak to employers about apprenticeship opportunities and their importance to Inverclyde's future workforce. Head to our YouTube channel to watch our recap video of the day, featuring interviews with employers, organisers and attendees!

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International Women's Day 2019

We organised visits to NHS Renfrew & Inverclyde, British Airways and Rolls-Royce as part of International Women's Day 2019! 4 groups of young women were given a tour at each of the organisations getting an invaluable look at what happens behind the scenes and the role apprentices play. Head over to our Facebook page for a look at the full gallery from the visits!


Incredible Innovations Final
March 26th saw the final of the inaugural Incredible Innovations Competition organised by DYW West and Morrison Construction. The competition allowed young people from Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire and Inverclyde to come up with ideas on how they could improve certain aspects of their schools if they were to win £1,000.

Teams from Notre Dame High School, Williamwood High School, Mary Russell, St. Stephens High School, St. Peter the Apostle High School, Our Lady and St. Patrick's High School and St. Columba's High School battled it out to win the £1000 prize money plus two runners-up received £500 each to help fund their ideas and put their plans in to action.

The team from Notre Dame High School claimed the top £1000 prize with their eco-friendly, reusable water bottle idea. The teams from St. Peter the Apostle High School and Williamwood High School shared the runners-up prize of £500 with with their homework planner app and multi-phone charger ideas respectively.

Keep an eye on our YouTube and social media channels for a recap video from the event!
Hire Me Workshops

February 26th and March 28th marked the first and second 'Hire Me' workshops organised by DYW West and Renfrewshire Council.  Senior phase pupils attended 3 different workshops focusing on CVs, interviews and application forms to help them apply for jobs in the future. A 4th session involved a tour of West College Scotland Paisley campus.

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Greenpower Race Day
A different year means different Greenpower race teams! 7 school pupil teams are tasked with building a F24 electric race kart at college and also need to find companies to sponsor them. With the main objective being to eventually race the karts, on Friday 29th March that became a reality as the teams traveled to North Berwickshire to compete against other teams from all over Scotland at the East Fortune race track. It was a great outing for all the teams and InverRacers from Inverclyde Academy even came in first place! Check out the full gallery of photos over on our Facebook page.
Young Enterprise Area Finals
Mearns Castle High School came out on top at the recent Young Enterprise Company Programme Area Finals 2019. Held at the Normandy Hotel in March, school teams from Renfrewshire, East Ren and Inverclyde have taken their product ideas to market since August 2018 learning real tangible business skills such as planning, marketing, finance, working as a team, working to deadlines and customer service. To view all the photos and the video from the day visit the YE Renfrewshire facebook page.
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