Grangemouth High School's commitment to the Young Person's Guarantee has seen them establish multiple partnerships to enrich the pupil curricular experience. One example of a newly established school/employer partnership has been with Tesco Bank.
Click on the case study below to open an PDF with active links and find out how this partnership has benefitted both the employer and the pupils.
By supporting the Young Person's Guarantee you can make a difference and watch your business flourish as a result. Click on the image below to start the conversation about how you can get involved.
This year the #NoWrongPath campaign took to social media to support young people receiving their results by, once again, encouraging industry to share their experience, routes and pathways. This year's leavers are the second cohort of young people facing a move into their next destinations in the wake of the pandemic and the messages from industry are more important than ever.
#NoWrongPath was also supported by an open letter from Sandy Begbie, CEO Scottish Financial Enterprise, Chair of Young Person’s Guarantee Implementation Group and Chair of DYW in which a message of support for all young people was signed by many of Scotland's employers.
"Many people in interesting job roles across Scotland may not have taken an obvious or traditional path. Look out for #NoWrongPath which will show you that, whatever your results, there are different routes into jobs. There are lots of industries continuing to grow and new ones emerging which offer exciting opportunities. Employers need young people with fresh ideas and experience to get involved and work together with us to tackle big challenges, such as climate change. We will do all that we can to help you find ways to use your skills and talents in the workplace."
#NoWrongPath stories feature heavily within the profiles submitted to Build Your Future, released in March as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week. DYW Forth Valley were keen to share some of these great stories from a few of the individuals working within the built environment, as part of the campaign.
Support from our partners across Forth Valley added to the strength of the campaign: from direct messages to motivational tweets shared across social media. Below is a small selection from our partners, click each image to view the original tweet in more detail, or click #NoWrongPath anywhere in this blog, to view all the inspirational messages from those who took part.
The Forth Valley Programme Team would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that supported #NoWrongPath in 2021.
In support of #NoWrongPath, DYW Forth Valley, JAG Auto Engineers Ltd and Stirling Council would like to share this case study detailing the benefits of education/employer partnerships on the young person, business and the organisations that support them.
An open letter to Scotland’s Young People
While you enjoy the summer and a well-deserved break from your studies we wanted to write to you in our role as Scotland’s business leaders and on behalf of our networks of thousands of Scottish employers. As you receive your official SQA results, we want to reassure you that we recognise and value your qualifications as much as any other year. We congratulate you on everything you’ve overcome and achieved this year, and you have our support, whatever your needs and wherever your ambitions lie.
Over the past 18 months you’ve had to deal with a situation like no other and the flexibility, ingenuity and resilience you’ve shown gives us confidence in you as future employees.
We are committed to helping to create job opportunities for you so that you can have a positive future. We are also committed to ensuring that there are opportunities available for every young person and that you have help and support to develop further.
Many people in interesting job roles across Scotland may not have taken an obvious or traditional path. Look out for #NoWrongPath which will show you that, whatever your results, there are different routes into jobs. There are lots of industries continuing to grow and new ones emerging which offer exciting opportunities. Employers need young people with fresh ideas and experience to get involved and work together with us to tackle big challenges, such as climate change. We will do all that we can to help you find ways to use your skills and talents in the workplace.
We all support the ambition of the Young Person’s Guarantee and its commitment that within two years, every young person aged between 16 and 24, will have the opportunity of a job, apprenticeship, further or higher education, training programme or volunteering. And we’ll keep speaking to young people across Scotland to understand how we can keep delivering on our commitment to you.
Wishing you the very best of luck with your next steps. Scotland’s employers stand ready to support you. This is our #CommitmentToYOUth.
Sandy Begbie, CEO, Scottish Financial Enterprise
Marc Crothall, CEO, Scottish Tourism Alliance
Louise Macdonald, National Director Scotland, Institute of Directors Damien Yeates, CEO, Skills Development Scotland
James Withers, CEO, Scotland Food and Drink
Dr Liz Barron-Majerik, Director, LANTRA
Lee Ann Panglea, Head of CIPD Scotland and Northern Ireland, CIPD Tracy Black, Director Scotland, CBI
Anna Fowlie, CEO, SCVO
Fiona Hodgson, CEO, SNIPEF Training Services
David Lonsdale, Director, Scottish Retail Consortium
Karen Betts, CEO, Scotch Whisky Association
Martin Crewe, Director, Barnardo’s
Susan Love, Head of External Affairs, The Federation of Small Businesses Liz Cameron, CEO, Scottish Chambers of Commerce
Sara Thiam, CEO, Scottish Council for Development and Industry
Paul Carberry, Director for Scotland, Action for Children
Iain MacRitchie, Founder and Chair, MCR Pathways
Anne Wexelstein, Director for Scotland, Career Ready
Kate Still, Director Scotland, The Prince’s Trust
Kirsten Urquhart, CEO, Young Scot
Linda Hanna, Interim CEO, Scottish Enterprise
Carroll Buxton, Interim CEO, Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Jane Morrison-Ross, CEO, South of Scotland Enterprise
Read the full statement by Sandy Begbie, CEO Scottish Financial Enterprise and Chair of Young Person’s Guarantee Implementation Group, Chair of DYW here.www.sfe.org.uk/news/an-open-letter-to-young-people/
There is no wrong path to success...
#NoWrongPath is back and, in a year with significant disruption to education, the messaging of the campaign is more important
Now in its fifth year, #NoWrongPath is a social media movement created by Developing the Young Workforce which provides
inspiration and reassurance to young people receiving their exam results and with the continued uncertainty, it’s vital that
Scotland’s young people are aware of the options that are available to them.
We are inviting businesses, organisations and professionals from all over Scotland to help share this message of reassurance, help educate young people about the options that are available to them and demonstrate that there is #NoWrongPath to success.
Make sure your industry is represented by getting involved on social media this Exam Results Day (Tuesday 10 August 2021). Instructions on the simple message you can create and share on social media are below.
For information on #NoWrongPath, click the button below.
The DYW Summer Leaver’s Programme 2021 will start on Monday 12th July 2021 and run for 4 weeks, an ideal programme for any young person who has just left school and would like support preparing for the world of work.
wHAT IS ON OFFER?
We are offering to help you finalise your CV, gain experience of a virtual mock interview, as well as giving you access to our free 'Life at Work' online modules.
CV CHECKS & MOCK INTERVIEWS
As part of Scotland’s response to COVID-19 economic recovery, the Young Person’s Guarantee was launched in November 2020. It aims to give all young people, aged 16-24 in Scotland, the chance to succeed through the opportunity of a job, apprenticeship, education, training or volunteering.
And for employers, it offers help to develop a future pipeline of skills and experience, with young people at the heart of the workforce. Young people bring organisations a wealth of talent, creativity, and enthusiasm, critical now and for future success.
Employers of all sizes and across all sectors can get involved with Young Person’s Guarantee in up to 5 ways:
In Forth Valley, if you are already committed to supporting the development of young people then we would encourage you to sign up to the Young Person's Guarantee and as a team, we aim to be touching base with all of local our partners in the near future to discuss the Young Person's Guarantee and what it means for your business.
If you are keen to support the Young Person's Guarantee and have not yet engaged with DYW, please email us at email@example.com and we will be in touch to support you through the next steps. In the meantime take a look at the below slideshow which may answer some of the initial questions you might have about the Young Person's Guarantee.
Meet Adam Hunter, a Mechanical Engineering Modern Apprentice with Forth Ports in Grangemouth. Adam shares with us why a modern apprenticeship was the next step for him on leaving school and thanks Forth Ports for giving him the chance to gain new skills, achieve additional qualifications and earn while he learns. Click below to hear Adam's story.
Click HERE to find out how to become an apprentice, the careers available and which employers are offering them.
If you are an employer, why don't you show your support for the Young Person's Guarantee and give someone a chance through an apprenticeship. There are over 100 types of apprenticeships available in Scotland, from construction to digital media. Click HERE to find out more about how your business could benefit from an apprentice and what support is available to help you.
You can also get in touch with us directly, using the button below, to explore the many ways in which engaging with young people could benefit your business.
Please find our latest newsletter below. Click on the image to open a PDF with active links.
Get in touch via the button below to discuss how you can work in partnership with education in Forth Valley.
Developing the Young Workforce, in collaboration with industry partners, has created a range of sector specific virtual resources for S1s, S2s and S3s across Scotland initially focusing on the Health, Energy and Food, Drink & Land based sectors.
Armed with the suite of New Year First career resources, teachers at Falkirk High School planned and delivered a 3 day inspirational programme of virtual career insight to support their S3 pupils in making positive subject and career choices. Click on the image below to read more about how they inspired their pupils by bringing the world of work into their on line learning and teaching.
It is the intention of the national DYW group to add more sectors throughout the year. If your business would like to be involved in developing a future industry careers resource pack please email us using the button below.
Developing the Young Workforce are celebrating the achievements and resilience of young people across Scotland through the 'Young People Are Great' campaign.
The campaign aims to:
How to get involved - education & employers
How to get involved - young people
The campaign and graphics packs below provide everything you need to get involved.
If you would like support to engage with education or employers across Forth Valley, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Exploring Careers in the Built Environment
Providing impactful activities and input into local communities has always been important to businesses within the Construction industry. Building relationships between business and education provides a way for businesses to forge powerful partnerships that will support and influence young people and their influencers to consider choosing a career in this industry.
Build Your Future has been developed by key partners across the supply chain within the Built Environment as a response to Covid restrictions challenging the way business and education have previously engaged.
Supported by DYW Forth Valley, this virtual resource is complementary to 'New Year, First Career' and will be launched the week of the 1st March 2021 to coincide with Scottish Apprenticeship Week and in support of International Women's Day which is annually celebrated on 8th March.
Career insight, including films and resources will be hosted on the DYW Scot website, available and relevant to a national audience. Alongside these resources, a toolkit for educators and parents provides guidance on how local content can add value to the national offering, this can be facilitated by schools and/or their DYW regional group. This toolkit can also be used by School Career, Advice & Guidance Advisors as well as parents when supporting young people to make informed decisions relating to options and choices or next steps, post school.
A link to the toolkit will be circulated to secondary schools by DYW regional groups prior to the launch week, thereafter all resources will be live on the DYW Scot website.
With contributions from over 40 partners including the Scottish Traditional Building Forum, CITB, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, Scottish Building Standards, Scottish Futures Trust and Historic Environment Scotland amongst other industry contributors, this has been supported by DYW Forth Valley and STEM Development Officer for Stirling Council, Jayne Hamilton, to move to a virtual mode of delivery that will support the continued exposure to industry pathways and opportunities alongside the core learning taking place in schools.
Jayne Hamilton, STEM Development Officer for Stirling Council says: “Young people are still facing big choices about which subjects they want to take next year, they are still deciding what the right next step is when they leave school and which sectors the skills they are building will be best utilised and further developed in and it is more important than ever before that we continue to work with business to provide them with insight that will support them to make informed decisions. ‘Build Your Future’ is a suite of resources that provides a structure for educators to engage with, for parents/carers to dip into with their young people and to highlight the range of pathways available within the Built Environment in Scotland.”
DYW has developed a suite of virtual careers resources to support educators, parents and young people across Scotland to learn about different career paths that are available in their areas.
These Virtual Careers resources will be officially launched w/c 25th January 2021 and will focus on the three industries in the first instance:
Click the tiles above to open the Educator Toolkit PDFs.
Career inspiration films, activities and links, along with other resources and toolkits providing examples of how local content can add value to the national offering, will be hosted on the DYW Scot website.
These resources are ideal for educators to insert into their lessons to work through with their classes and will be available to utilise at anytime meaning that young people and parents can use them to support home learning.
It is the intention of DYW to add more industries at later dates throughout the year. Watch this space for DYW Forth Valley's own contribution to the Virtual Careers resources: 'Build Your Future', an inspiring look at the Built Environment with contributions from over 40 regional and national partners.
If your business would like to be involved in developing an industry careers resource pack please email us using the button below.
Please click on the image to open a PDF with active links.
To get in touch to explore how you can support DYW Forth Valley please email email@example.com
Last week's #AJobForEverybody campaign saw partners from across Scotland sharing images and sign-posting resources across social media to raise awareness of, and promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Across Forth Valley we brought you blogs from our partners LinkLiving and Dyslexia Scotland and shone the spotlight on how volunteering can help anyone develop their skills.
You can revisit these blogs by clicking the images below:
We were delighted that across Forth Valley, a number of our partners were keen to share incredible stories from young people they support to highlight where there is inspiring activity happening and to reinforce that there is indeed #AJobForEverybody.
Below you will find all the case studies that were shared on our social media and DYW Scotland's website and twitter account. Hover over the thumbnail below to find out more or click the image to open the PDF.
As our final contribution to #AJobForEverybody, and in conjunction with Forth Valley College's commitment to volunteering, we're collaborating with our Third Sector partners across Forth Valley, Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface (CTSI), CVS Falkirk and Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise (SVE), to shine the spotlight on Volunteering as a way to develop skills.
CTSI provide help and support to people living in Clackmannanshire who want advice on running or starting any type of charitable, social enterprise or voluntary group, as well as volunteering and community work.
Louise Walker, the Volunteer Development Assistant explains how, following a long period of unemployment from the corporate world and with with no relevant experience of working in the third sector, volunteering paved the way for her to gain her new position. Through her role volunteering with SAMH she was able to develop new skills, network and gain the confidence she needed to succeed in gaining this new role.
Useful Links & resources
More information on volunteering across Forth Valley is available via the links below:
Other places you can look to find volunteering opportunities and information in general:
#AJobForEverybody is a DYW campaign promoting and celebrating diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
One of the aims of the campaign is to demonstrate that by working on skills development, attitude and approach to life, young people have it within their own control to affect their outcome, whatever their condition or barrier.
Dyslexia Scotland is a national organisation, based in Stirling that works to support and empower people with dyslexia to reach their full potential.
The Dyslexic Career Journeys video series highlights the life and work experiences of dyslexic Scots. We have shared a small selection of the series below but you can link through to the full series by clicking the button below.
useful links & resources
Dyslexia Scotland's website is loaded with useful resources that can help you think about your options and pathways to employment if you are Dyslexic. From advice to deciding what you want to do, to ideas and opportunities that can help you develop yourself on the way, to practical guidance on job interviews. It's all there.
Below is a small selection of some of our favorite resources for young people but we would highly recommend you click the link below and browse through the website yourself.
Click each flyer below to open in full on the Dyslexia Scotland Website.
This week we are supporting the DYW National Equalities Campaign #AJobForEverybody, aimed at employers, parents and young people to promote, illustrate and celebrate diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Everyday this week we will be sharing insight and resources from our partners on our website and social media, starting today with LinkLiving.
LinkLiving is a not-for-profit organisation and a Scottish charity who provide specialist services to support health, well-being, independence and community inclusion. Below Jamie and Michael from the Falkirk team give us some personal insight into their career pathways and explain why supporting this campaign is important to them.
At DYW Forth Valley we have been working in partnership with LinkLiving for a number of years. Watch the two films below introducing you to some amazing young people who have rewritten their own life scripts, our 'Steps to Resilience' stars.
DYW Programme Coordinator, Karen Wright then talks us through how the 'Steps to Resilience' programme changes the lives of young people every single day. We are delighted that LinkLiving can offer this unique opportunity to young people in our Falkirk Schools.
Watch the films to find out more.
If you or someone you know could benefit from engaging with LinkLiving
please click the button below to find out more.
We are delighted to have a feature article in the inspiring autumn edition of 17 Degrees Magazine which showcases the impact of education/employer partnerships.
Click the image below to read the full article.
If you've been inspired to engage with education and would like to know more please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The first organisations to back the £60 million Young Person’s Guarantee have been announced by Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop.
In a collective effort to help young people, the Scottish Government has been joined by SSE, Capgemini, NHS Lothian, Scottish Water and Standard Life Aberdeen in the commitment to ensure everyone aged between 16 and 24 has the opportunity of work, education or training.
The Guarantee aims to give all young people in Scotland the chance to succeed despite the economic impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19)
Organisations backing the Guarantee make five pledges to help young people at this critical time:
Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:
The pandemic is having a disproportionate economic effect on our young people, reducing job opportunities just as they are starting out on their careers. I am delighted to be launching the Young Person’s Guarantee today to help ensure their prospects are not permanently damaged
Sandy Begbie, who led the Edinburgh Guarantee said:
“In the spring, I was delighted to be asked to develop a strategy to establish a Young Person Guarantee for all 16 to 24-year-olds in Scotland. The ambition is clear, I want every one person who is unemployed to be given an opportunity for a job, apprenticeship, education, training or volunteering. I strongly believe we must act now and decisively, our young people are an asset and a credit to Scotland.”
Further information on the Young Person’s Guarantee is available on the www.youngpersonsguarantee.scot website.
The Young Person’s Guarantee was one of the main recommendations of the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery.
The £60 million Young Person’s Guarantee is part of a total of £100 million for employment support and training announced by the Scottish Government to tackle employment challenges. £10 million of this will be used to support a range of measures to recruit and retain apprentices.
The Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Fiona Hyslop MSP, has announced further details on how the Youth Guarantee will give young people the chance to succeed despite the economic impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). Today’s announcement has 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.
The Scottish Government’s £60 million support for the guarantee, will ensure every young person has the opportunity of work, education or training, with £10 million additional funding for DYW.
An implementation plan written by Sandy Begbie has been published today. The report’s recommendations include:
Rob Woodward, Chair of the Employers’ Forum said: “Today’s announcement gives strong endorsement for the future of DYW and highlights that Scottish Ministers are listening to employers and recognise the valuable insights from across the DYW network. As a network we will respond to this challenge to ensure that young people have the best possible support and preparation for entering the labour market”.
“We will work closely with our partners including local authorities, employers and SDS to ensure that this additional investment has the maximum impact. I encourage all employers to support our young people at this difficult time by supporting their local DYW Regional Group”
We have lots to share in this term's 'Welcome Newsletter' so please click on the image below to open the full PDF with active links.
Please get in touch via the button below for any advice and guidance or to begin exploring how we can collaborate.
This week we have supported DYW's annual #NoWrongPath campaign.
#NoWrongPath is a social media movement which aims to provide inspiration and reassurance to young people receiving their exam results and aims to show young people the options that are available to them and that exams results are not necessarily the key to unlocking future success.
This campaign is important every year but this year, amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, it feels even more important to really highlight the breadth of experience and skills that people across Scotland have developed on their career paths.
Below we share a selection of those we enjoyed reading and sharing from our local and national partners, on Twitter. You can see more of these posts by searching for #NoWrongPath on twitter.
A word on #NoWrongPath comes from Forth Valley College's
DYW Skills Academy: Get Industry Ready will be delivered throughout July and August with activities and employability experiences supported by industry that have been designed to combat youth unemployment.
Young people can register to take part in the free academy until 12 July. Elements of the course will be open to all school leavers, while some will be targeted directly at those looking to progress into employment and those applying for apprenticeships.
Week two onwards will then cover skills they need to start their pathway into such sectors before courses are given on subjects such as cyber security, customer service, GDPR, health and safety, life at work and resilience in the workplace. Young people will also be given CV feedback from industry professionals and will be given the opportunity to take part in mock interview sessions.
CAN YOUR BUSINESS SUPPORT IN FORTH VALLEY?
Gary Wilson, Chair of DYW Forth Valley Regional Group said: "I am delighted that Nicola Sturgeon has announced this important and further support from the Developing the Young Workforce network. The virtual skills academy for young people across Scotland will help to prepare and support them into employment and apprenticeships throughout the pandemic. Driven locally by the Forth Valley DYW team, these specific initiatives will support young people and their parents to chart a positive course during the summer and allow the DYW team to further support all school leavers. I encourage businesses who can support during week 5 of the programme to contact DYW Forth Valley and pledge their support."
Alongside the Skills Academy, a series of Scotland’s Biggest Parents Events will be delivered over four broadcasts with input from a range of experts covering topics such as exams, mental health, apprenticeships, skills development and pathways into industry. The events aim to provide a message of reassurance and optimism to parents and carers at this challenging time. They will also provide information about options and next steps including where parents and young people can go to make informed judgements about their future.
Rob Woodward, DYW National Group Chair, said: “I am delighted that today the DYW Regional Group network has set out its package of work that will support school leavers this summer. Driven by industry, these specific initiatives will support young people and their parents to chart a positive course during the summer and DYW will continue to support all of Scotland’s young people.”
Whether you are an employer, parent/carer, educator or young person we need you to get involved to make this programme a success. Please:
1. Share this blog post to all of your networks and colleagues.
2. Encourage young people and parents/carers to register for the programme and events using the links above.
3. Pledge to support the programme by signing up to support with interviews and CV checks in Week 5 by emailing us on email@example.com
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