As announced by Nicola Sturgeon this week, Developing the Young Workforce have created a national programme for this year's school leavers in Scotland. The programme is a series of virtual and online experiences which aim to build work related knowledge and skills to enhance young people’s industry readiness and capacity to compete in the labour market.
The first week will provide industry insights sessions allowing young people to find out about the key sectors emerging from Covid-19 and the career opportunities available within each. They will find out more about the skills and qualifications needed within industries such as food and drink, health and social care, digital/technology and financial services.
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?
Would you and your colleagues welcome the opportunity to lead a virtual mock interview or CV check for a young person, helping them make a more successful transition to the world of work?
You can offer to support one or both experiences, taking place between 10th – 14th August. Mock interviews will take approximately 25 minutes and CV checks approximately 30 minutes. We have created a guide and templates to support you and will facilitate the process too.
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."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
An ambition of Developing the Young Workforce is that education and employers work closely together to equip all young people with the skills and knowledge they will need to flourish in the world of work. Every partnership will be different and will be developed collaboratively; what matters most is that there is mutual benefit to all of those involved.
Read below how the partnership between INEOS and their local secondary school, Grangemouth High, is inspiring the next generation.
If you are inspired by what you have read and think your business could partner with a local school or college to help young people realise their potential, then please get in touch to start the conversation.
During the week of the 1st June 2020, across Scotland, DYW showcased Key Worker roles to help young people become more aware of jobs, and the skills and qualities required in these roles. Young people in Scotland are the future of our workforce and we hope that this campaign has inspired them into roles that have proven to be invaluable in supporting us all during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many of our Industry and Education partners shared profiles of their Key Workers with us; some of which we know, but they have also shared the profiles of Key Workers in roles that go unseen. We hope that this campaign has raised awareness and that young people, their parents/carers and teachers and now more informed of possible career pathways.