April 2020 Update

Your monthly update from the DYW West team.

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 have been busy during the lockdown, making masks for keyworkers which are being used on the frontline and in local GPs! St. Lukes have managed to make over 3000 face shields so far, a fantastic effort!


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!

NHS Apprenticeships
The NHS are still recruiting for staff across a number of different disciplines, most recently for their Trainee Dental Nurse Programme (Modern Apprenticeship) based at the Glasgow Dental Hospital and School. Applicants need two National 5’s in English and Science at Grade A to C and National 4 Maths. Visit to find out more. Closes 8/5/20.
Nosy Crow Free COVID-19 Information Book for Children
Publishing company, Nosy Crow, have released a free Coronavirus information book, appropriate for children aged 5-9! Topics covered include: 

• What is the coronavirus?
• How do you catch the coronavirus?
• What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
• Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
• Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
• Why are some places we normally go to closed?
• What can I do to help?
• What’s going to happen next?

You can download your free copy here and you can listen to a free audiobook version, read by Hugh Bonneville, here!
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!
Diodes Donate 17,000 Masks to Front-Line Staff
Greenock semiconductor manufacturer Diodes has 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.
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!
West College Scotland PPE NHS Donations & Online Courses
A fantastic effort from our hosts, West College Scotland, as they've managed to source 28,000 Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) items for donation to frontline NHS staff from their campuses in Paisley, Greenock and Clydebank. Of that 28,000, they sourced 24,700 pairs of gloves, 1,301 face masks & 172 bottles of sanitiser. Watch the video here!

West College Scotland also have a range of online courses now available including I.T., Business, Creative Industries and Healthcare courses! As Scotland’s largest college provider of Online Learning, they can offer the flexibility to suit your lifestyle and commitments!

Applications are open for West College Scotland's post-summer courses including over 200 full-time courses, find the course for you here!
The New SDS Online Learning Portal
If you’re furloughed, unemployed or looking to develop your career, the new Skills Development Scotland Online Learning Portal can help you connect with thousands of free online courses. From excellent sources like The Open University Scotland, Google Digital Garage and Amazon, find a course to suit you today!
Scotland's Most Enterprising School Award 2020
Scotland's Enterprising Schools want to recognise the best Scottish schools in enterprise education. You can nominate your Primary, Secondary or ASN School for their inaugural Scotland’s Most Enterprising School (SES) Award 2020.

If you can answer ‘yes’ to the following questions, please head to their website to download the application form and nominate your establishment!

  • Does your establishment have a clear vision and strategy for enterprise education?
  • Are most teachers and pupils involved in enterprise education activities?
  • Are specific resources dedicated to enterprise education?
  • Is teachers’ continuing professional development, with a focus on enterprise education, actively supported?
  • Are true partnerships with the local community and business sector nurtured?
Visit the website here.
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.
Mailing Address:
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West College Scotland,
Renfrew Road,

Telephone: 0141 581 2352


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