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.