May 2020 Update

Your monthly update from the DYW West team.

This week kicks off the #DYWKeyWorkers campaign! We're featuring our Key Workers and the important roles they're carrying out in the fight against Coronavirus. Check out our Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter this week to hear they're stories!

Enginuity Skills Miner

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!


Recently we started the #DYWPledge campaign across our social media channels and we're looking for employers to get involved. We understand that this is a tough time for businesses and young people and that's why we're asking employers to make a pledge to reassure our future workforce that there will still be opportunities for them once we return to some normality.

How to get involved:

Option1: Record and post a video on social media with hashtag #DYWPledge and tag DYW West, briefly talking about your pledge to young people – e.g. apprenticeships still open or have been extended/expect to open later in the year, expected work placements to continue later in the year, access to online resources etc…

See the video our Director, Bob, made as an example

Option2: Or take a photo of you holding a template listing high-level details of your pledge(s).

Download the template and example posts

Please contact us at if you need any more information or have any questions!

Renfrewshire Council My Future Pathway
Phone or Video Interviews - Bob Davidson
Leaving school and not sure what to do? Renfrewshire Council have you covered with their new website, My Future Pathway. Stay informed on everything you need to know from apprenticeships to college and everything in between.

Have a phone, video or in person interview coming up? See our Director, Bob, for interview tips here.
Skills Development Scotland Career Education Programme
Skills Development Scotland's new Careers Education Programme is now live, with lesson plans designed to deliver Careers Education during COVID-19. Teachers can access the resources for week one now at My World of Work:
What Your Chamber of Commerce Can Offer You
Your local Chamber of Commerce can still offer your business support and provide lots of useful information during this unclear and unsettling time. Such as highlighting grants that may be available to you, information on non-domestic rates and what you can do if you're self-employed. Get in touch with your local Chamber of Commerce today to find out more.
Founders4Schools Webinars
Founders4Schools have upcoming webinars designed to keep pupils engaged while learning from home. See this calendar for future online seminars, including a Career Overview and Interview Masterclass from Nick Kuenssberg on the 13th, 15th and 19th of May!
West College Scotland Digital Manufacturing FA
West College Scotland has announced a new Foundation Apprenticeship in Digital Manufacturing, the first of it's kind in Scotland!

Are you in S4 or S5 and picking subjects for your next year? This new FA for Renfrewshire school pupils is now open for applications.  After successful completion of the programme pupils will be offered an interview for a college place or a modern apprenticeship … getting a head start on a career for the future.

This brand-new programme is only on offer in Renfrewshire and is being delivered in partnership with West College Scotland,  Renfrewshire Council, the new National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and leading Renfrewshire manufacturers.
Lockdown Resources
Although we're all stuck at home, there are still lots of resources out there for learning and development:

BBC Bitesize have daily lessons from aged 5-15 covering all the usual subjects including Maths, English, Geography, History and more.
Long Creations have put together a Coronavirus Time Capsule template for young people to store their memories including photos, journals & newspaper clippings so they can look back on it in the years to come. Download the PDF here!

Barclays Life Skills can be used by Pupils, Parents and Teachers to develop the skills they need to succeed in their working lives. 

The My World of Work Job Hub brings together immediate job opportunities from employers across Scotland during the Coronavirus pandemic.

RBS have launched their new interactive lessons "MoneySense Mondays" on their Facebook and Youtube channels, watch the video from their first lesson here!

Young Scot have a list of new activities you can do while at home from exercises to quizzes. Keep yourself active by visiting!

Don't hesitate to get in touch if you find any resources with sharing and keep an eye on our social channels for the latest resources!
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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West College Scotland,
Renfrew Road,

Telephone: 0141 581 2352


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