This week we are celebrating #AJobForEveryone to show that there is no wrong path into work and to highlight that support is out there to tackle barriers into employment. Read how the team at Link Living, Falkirk are supporting young people in our schools who face challenges to engaging in mainstream education.
Work based learning is invaluable in helping young people to develop skills and experience the world of work. Read how Forth Ports supported pupils during a behind the scenes week of discovery at their Port of Grangemouth.
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looking back to expand for the future
Read below and view the 2019 event video to see how our STEM industry partners have inspired the next generation. Plans for STEM@HELIX 2020 are firmly under way with exciting plans for expansion and engagement of more young people.
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It’s probably time to dispel some myths about computer coding...
As Codebase, Stirling prepares to turn 2, Barry McDonald, Community & Events Manager at CodeBase Stirling joins us as a guest blogger for #NationalCodingWeek to explain a bit about coding. Whether you are a teacher, parent or young person navigating through this evolutionary phenomenon, Barry may have a bit of useful information to share.
The harsh truth is that coding is no longer the domain of the stereotypical hoodie-wearing, laptop basher, frantically tapping away at the keyboard into the wee small hours.
Walk into any one of our Level:Up coding clubs and it’s full of laughing, excited girls and boys of all ages, unleashing their creativity to design their own games, make their own websites or code the tiny BBC micro:bit computers to play rock/paper/scissors with their friends. They’re having fun while developing vital skills.
And while they may be learning useful technical skills to equip them for a tech and digital future, they’re really developing transferable skills that will hold them in good stead for the future world of work. Usually without realising it.
Students get a ‘taste’ of working in the Hospitality and Tourism sectors
On Monday 9th September a total of 150 pupils from schools across the Stirling and Clackmannanshire council areas will be given the rare opportunity to experience, first hand, what it is to work in the world of Scottish hospitality, food and tourism.
Springboard, the charity dedicated to helping young, unemployed and disadvantaged people improve their prospects in life through a career in hospitality, leisure and tourism will enable 150 pupils at S3/S4 to sample the Hospitality, Food and Tourism industry whilst encouraging the pupils to think about those industries as a career of choice.
In May 2019 pupils in S3, 4 and 5 at Wallace High school were exposed to numerous career pathways from within the Mechanics sector from skate maintenance to HGV repairs. Local partners JAG Auto Engineers Ltd, MTS Recovery & Repairs Ltd and The Skate People collaborated to show young people the practicalities of their sector.
Alongside GTG Training/Arnold Clark's interactive apprenticeship van, showcasing the exciting world of automotive apprenticeships, young people were able to gain some hands on exposure to this pathway.
DYW Scotland have highlighted DYW Forth Valley's Primary Aspirations as good practice.
Click on the image below to read the blog on DYW Scotland's webpage.
If you would like to discuss the possibility of Primary Aspirations for your school, or if you are a business who would like to find out more about this programme and how you can support it, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
DYW Scotland have highlighted STEM@HELIX as good practice.
This year's event is open to the public on 18th May 2019 at The Helix in Falkirk.
Click on the image below to read the blog on DYW Scotland's webpage.
We hope to see you there!
We would love to expand this event in the future, if you and/or your business would like further information on how to get involved please email email@example.com
WE CATCH BACK UP WITH SALES AGILITY'S NEWEST RECRUITS during scottish apprenticeship week TO FIND OUT HOW THEY ARE GETTING ON 4 MONTHS IN.
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Running across the UK for over 10 years now, Springboard Hospitality, Food & Tourism Takeover events continue to go from strength to strength.
These innovative and highly interactive careers days involve pupils in Hospitality, Food and Tourism skills-based activities encouraging participants to think about these sectors as a career of choice. The event today, has engaged over 170 pupils from 9 schools across the Falkirk local authority.
These takeover events provide the opportunity for pupils to take part in nine different workshops aimed at finding out about the range of job roles available across the sector in both an exciting and engaging way, delivered in partnership with local employers.
NHS Scotland have created career resources for teachers and career advisors packed full of helpful material for them to share with young people.
The resource pack gives teachers the materials for a 'ready-made set of lessons'. These lessons can take the form of a one-off lesson or a full unit of five lessons, you have full access to lesson packs, slide packs and pupil materials for all five lessons. The resource pack also provides everything you need to know about NHS careers, designed specifically to help career advisors to use during one-to-one career guidance, group sessions or events like parents evenings.
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The resources created for career advisors include 'A Guide to NHSScotland careers' and 'A career for you in NHSScotland' leaftet.
The leaflet created shows job families at a glance, and which roles come under which professions within NHS Scotland. The booklet is an in-depth guide to this, highlighting the skills, qualities and qualifications needed within each job family and role to allow an insight to be given to young people.
This month DYW Forth Valley sponsored Metafest at Codebase, an interactive and inspiring event which offered a range of activities, workshops and exhibitions from all sectors of the tech world, including 3D printing, virtual reality, gaming, coding, holograms, animation and much more.
This was an opportunity for the whole family to attend a packed day and have fun while gaining an insight into what the digital sector has to offer, as well as meeting some of the country’s leading technology companies.
You can see more photos from the day in the slideshow at the bottom of this post!
Are you a digital business working within the Forth Valley area who would like to find out more about supporting DYW activity and how it can benefit your business?
On the 17th January 2019, Forth Valley College are holding a Business Breakfast at Codebase to inform businesses about the Digital Foundation Apprenticeships on offer, and answer any queries you might have about these frameworks, or how your business can get involved.
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On Thursday 22 November more than 120 attendees from across Forth Valley joined us for our first ever conference. The ‘Be Inspired’ Conference brought businesses, local authorities, 3rd sector organisations and educators together to inspire innovative partnerships to better prepare young people for the world of work.
All delegates heard about DYW’s success stories, future plans and took part in a series of interactive ‘Focus On’ sessions specifically designed to energise attendees to consider the challenges and opportunities associated with developing Forth Valley’s young workforce to their full potential.
These sessions were delivered by DYW Forth Valley partners Robertson Group, Drummond Laurie, Forth Valley College and Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils, designed to explore challenges and opportunities associated with developing the young workforce.
The Conference brought together businesses, local authorities, 3rd sector organisations and educators to inspire innovative partnerships to better prepare young people for the world of work. Local businesses were also encouraged to consider how they could offer exciting, educational and effective employment opportunities.
In November St Modan's High School's ‘Build Your Future’ week inspired over 1100 young people to expand their horizons as they consider their future careers. Organised by the school in collaboration with local business partners, Stirling Council, Skills Development Scotland and DYW Forth Valley, it allowed young people from every year group to explore the world of work by examining career pathways linked to every curricular area.
Recent figures from the Construction Industry Training Body (CITB) show that the Scottish construction industry will need 21,000 new entrants at all levels from apprentices to graduates over the next 10 years just to meet current demand. Pupils took part in a variety of activities and workshops to help equip them for the wide range of opportunities available within the growing Scottish construction sector. The week's programme also extended across Forth Valley with pupils from 11 other schools benefiting from visiting the school to take part in some of the activities on offer.
The event was designed to deconstruct the myths of the construction industry, which supports roles such as lawyers, accountants, designers, ecologists and software designers.
Linda Soutar from Construction Scotland’s 'Inspiring Construction' programme, said: "Construction is a tremendously exciting industry that is about so much more than just hard hats and high-vis vests. Our 'Inspiring Construction' programme aims to attract more school leavers to join the sector by letting them know about the huge and diverse range of careers available, and importantly, how to access them. From engineering and surveying, to 3D visualisation, not to mention the more traditional trades such as joinery, I hope this event has demonstrated that this industry really does have a career to suit everyone."
As part of ‘Tomorrow’s Engineers Week’ there will be a chance for schools to take part in ‘The Big Assembly’ at 10:30am on the 7th of November 2018.
This is an excellent opportunity for young people who have ideas and passions about engineering to turn them into careers.
Big Assembly is a live video stream to thousands of students across the UK wanting to find out how engineering impacts on the issues they care about, such as saving the environment, animal welfare, staying safe, health and entertainment.
The live stream will be a mix of short inspirational films interspersed with live discussion, which will include the opportunity to take questions from viewers. The films examine exciting engineering career options, including more information on the panel. During the discussion, there will be experts on hands to answer questions sent ‘real time’ using email, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Schools can register for free now and be part of the biggest career webinar.
Many businesses are currently advertising their seasonal jobs and many more are also thinking about it. That means you should be too.
You may think that these jobs are just great for boosting finances at this time of year. That is true but they can also benefit you in terms of gaining additional skills and experience. Have a look at how a seasonal job can help you stand out from the crowd.
Click on the link at the end of this post to find current seasonal jobs in Forth Valley.
Coalsnaughton Primary School received an insight into the care sector by Gwyneth Morrison from Mears Group. This took place as part of the 'Primary Aspirations' programme which aims to give earlier intervention at primary school level, helping pupils to discover what sectors and career pathways pique their interest. The session had a positive outcome for both the pupils and Gwyneth, who was pleased to be able to share with young people that a career in care is a positive destination and a rewarding and fulfilling career.
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Come and be inspired to make a difference to young people and your business!
Please join us for a showcase of DYW best practice across Forth Valley; hear directly from young people, employers and educators about how they are benefiting from being involved.
You will hear from inspirational leaders in education and business who understand and recognise the value and impact of developing the young workforce and are leading by example through innovating change to engage, inspire and develop the talent of the future.
Young people from across Stirling and Clackmannanshire visited Forth Valley College yesterday for a flavour of what the Hospitality, Food and Tourism industries have to offer. It was all hands on deck as local businesses shared their knowledge and expertise with over 180 pupils who donned their aprons to take part in cooking challenges and interactive demonstrations facilitated by Forth Valley College and personal chef Mark Heirs; explored the mixology of a 'Mocktail Masterclass' with Cromlix to the mixology of what makes a great salad dressing with Forth Environment Link and The Food Assembly, and heightened their senses with a 'Sensory' workshop from Caledonian Produce. Claire from Egglicious, alongside Henrietta 1, 2, 3 and 4, gave insight into what it is like to be a young business owner whilst a keynote address was given by Fergus Wood on the opportunities within Tourism.
"I loved the interactive activities" said Isabelle from Dunblane High
Have you ever worked with education? Would you like to? It is easier than you think.
If you can give up an hour or two of your time then all we need is for you to “Do one thing!”
By getting involved you can motivate, inspire and stimulate a pupil by giving them an opportunity to benefit from your knowledge and on the job practical skills.
You can also help them develop their soft skills such as self-confidence, assertiveness, communication, inquisitiveness and creativity.
Can you make your 'one thing' a work placement?
Nationally only 27% of employers offer work placements however development of career management skills in young people at this stage is crucial.
"54% of 18 year olds in forth valley are in higher or further education"
In November we are looking forward to facilitating the first ever DYW Forth Valley Conference bringing businesses, educators and young people in Forth Valley together to:
Inspire innovative partnerships by showcasing DYW best practice examples; consider challenges, opportunities and what success looks like.
Support learning and change through engagement in meaningful interactions with best practice exhibitors and bite size focus sessions
Support new quality engagements and connections between business and education.