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
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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.
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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
Read below how the partnership between INEOS and their local secondary school, Grangemouth High, is inspiring the next generation.
If you would like more information on the Hospitality & Tourism Industry or are interested in any other sectors please have a look at our 'Industry Insider' section of the website.
We want to tap into the energy of key workers to push this campaign forward and inspire the next generation. The campaign will be promoted across the social media platforms of all 21 DYW Regional Groups and will feature a variety of sectors and job roles. The young people in Scotland are the future of our workforce and we hope that this campaign inspires them into roles that have proven to be invaluable in protecting us all during this time.
This pack contains all the information and resources you will need to get involved.
How can my business get involved?
Take a short video of yourself talking about your role as a key worker, the skills you use, your career pathway and how young people can follow in your footsteps.
Using a photograph of yourself in uniform or in your working environment and share what your job is, the skills you use and what makes you proud to be a key worker.
If you would like to take part in the campaign please post your completed video/photo on LinkedIn and/or twitter tagging us @DYW_ForthValley and using the hashtags #DYWKeyWorkers #AJobForEverybody
Activities for young people
Activity 1 – Design your own Key Worker
Design what a key worker in your community looks like using either of the templates below. If you don't have a printer simply draw us a picture or use your favourite digital tool. Describe what they do and the qualities and skills they use in their role.
Activity 2 – Write your own key worker poem
Write your own key worker acrostic poem using the template provided.
If you would like to take part in the campaign please post your completed activity on twitter tagging us @DYW_ForthValley and using the hashtags #DYWKeyWorkers #AJobForEverybody
Pupils benefit from a programme tailored to their specific areas of development and what is unique is that pupils have the opportunity to learn in school, in the wider community and during work place visits and work experience placements.
Robertson Group Partnership:
One significant school/education partnership within Construction has been with Robertson Group, with the unified purpose of offering a unique collaboration that encouraged young people to be immersed in a real working environment that could not be provided by school alone. The programme has been supported by a range of Robertson Group employees and sub-contractors.
Pupils engaged in an enriched and blended learning experience. They had the opportunity to spend time on a live Robertson site one day per week over a six month period. The young people were able to gain tasters of multiple trades by shadowing Robertson employees and sub-contractors, working on a mud kitchen project for a local primary school.
The pupils also had access to educational construction-based activities, providing them with relevant exposure to the construction industry including Health & Safety, transferable skills, further education and career pathways. The alignment of the school’s and Robertson’s values, along with the ongoing support of CLD, has led to a meaningful and successful partnership for all pupils involved.
Pupils who took part were invited to apply for a 5 year, MA Trainee Site Management position, a unique opportunity created by Robertson Central East and Braes pupil Hayley Gill was successful in gaining one of the positions on offer. Haley told us “My experience at Robertson’s has showed me that there are equal opportunities for girls looking for a career in construction” .
All Braes pupils involved in this partnership project gained their Princes Trust Achieve Work Experience Module, allowing them to complete their Princes Trust Achieve National Qualification, were supported to sit their CSCS operative’s certification and achieved a positive destination into the construction industry either through further education at Forth Valley College or gaining employment with a local business.
“Robertson Group has a number of initiatives in place to help safeguard the industry for the next generation, recognising the importance of providing young people with opportunities to develop the skills they need to progress on to employment. The programme with Braes High School was developed to provide pupils with an insight into the construction industry and we were really excited to offer our support to help them explore the industry, identify their interests and talents and learn about the diverse careers available in the built environment sector.”
Lindsey McNaughtan, Robertson Group Community Development Manager – Scotland
"Industry partnerships with a shared purpose offer young people the opportunity to develop and demonstrate skills in ways that would not be possible within a traditional classroom setting. They inspire pupils to unlock and realise their potential, increase their confidence, help them explore careers and think about pathways that they may never have considered."
Gordon Baxter, Community Development Worker, Braes High School
In March (pre-lockdown), 20 partners associated with the construction industry collaborated to produce an event for 70 young women from all Stirling secondary schools, hosted at Bannockburn High School. The event was planned to coincide with International Women’s Day and Scottish Apprenticeship week and raised awareness of the opportunities and career pathways, including apprenticeships, that exist within the industry. This event provided a inspiring female-centric and encouraging environment in which to explore some of the practical skills required by the sector.
We are delighted to present this short film of the event which succeeds in giving a flavour of the excitement and inspiring activities the pupils of Stirling were involved in. The first of its kind, this event received very positive feedback from all participants and facilitators. An evaluation on the impact of the event produced by DYW Forth Valley is available to view here and Stirling City Heritage Trust's Event report can be found here.
“This event has demonstrated the high level of interest by girls in traditional skills and has given them the chance to meet a variety of women who are experts in their field. It was an inspiring and engaging day with excellent feedback. We were delighted to be involved in the delivery of such an innovative and positive event.”
Lindsay Lennie, Trust Manager, Stirling City Heritage Trust
“With 30% of the Construction industry in Scotland aged 50 and over, we know the sector needs new entrants across a wide range of roles. We also know that there is an unconscious bias of the Construction industry amongst young people as being male dominated with historically, approximately only 2% of Modern Apprenticeships within Construction and related sectors in Scotland, being started by women. This event, driven by this dedicated collaboration of industry partners for all of the Secondary schools in Stirling has offered exposure to a range of skills and roles that young people may have never considered. It has provided them with hands-on experiences, contextualised the subjects they study at school and provided them with inspiring insight from strong and talented women currently succeeding within the industry."
Jen Henderson, Programme Manager, DYW Forth Valley
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- They have given us their time, invited us into their businesses and supported DYW events at our local College.
- They have helped us (and our teachers) to understand about the many jobs that exist and have shared the skills that are important to them.
- They have worked with us on projects and in workshops to make learning about their industry and careers fun and relevant to what we are learning.
Have a look at the film below which shows how our amazing local employers make a difference to us.
We hope you enjoy it.
This platform supports our key stakeholders to build young people’s job readiness and increases their career options. At the same time, you can help shape young talent, address skills gaps and source your future workforce.
This campaign got us thinking. We thought we would look back at an excellent STEM event that was delivered by Graeme High School in Falkirk. Inspirational STEM professionals spent the day in school delivering interactive workshops to challenge stereotypes and encourage girls to see the benefits of studying STEM subjects.
Industry input can make a real difference and can help to contextualise learning. If you are a business who would like to get involved in bringing STEM to life for our pupils, either as part of their home learning or once schools return, then get in touch, we would love to hear from you.
Read on below for a brief insight into the event, partners involved and how young people benefited from these activities. You can also click on the case study for a printable PDF.
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In this time, we, as a nation, have all shown exceptional adaptability, creativity, compassion and resilience; in our ability to change the way we approach our work, think of innovative ways to continue to learn, challenge how we perceive and interact with others and manage how we self direct our time and motivate ourselves.
Although individually we may feel this has been challenging and stressful, pushing us very much outside of our comfort zones, and we may worry how we will cope as this period extends ahead of us, at DYW Forth Valley we are attempting to re-frame this in our minds.
For all of us: pupil, teacher, parent, business partner... we are all stretching our capacity, utilising our many skills and developing new ones.
At DYW Forth Valley we think the film below, created by SDS last year in response to understanding what future skills will be required in the workplace, is very pertinent at the moment.
So whether you are a pupil, teacher, parent or business partner we would like to ask: what skills have you used recently and what skills have you drawn upon that you didn't realise you have?
"Technological and societal disruptions are coming at us thick and fast. Whilst we cannot predict the future, we can prepare for a future that is increasingly unpredictable."
This year’s campaign theme is ‘Talent Without Limits’, with the aim to challenge outdated and limiting views of apprenticeships and who they are for. At DYW Forth Valley, we thought it might be useful to give you the lowdown so whether you are a pupil, employer, teacher or parent/carer, read on to discover how they work, the variety available and the myths that have developed around them.
"An FA is a great way for an employer to try before they buy. There is a talent pipeline here, in development, which employers can support with work-based learning. This is mutually beneficial because it allows them the opportunity to share their company expectations and values prior to employing them. Even if doesn’t lead directly to employment at this point, these young people have gained valuable experience and employability skills preparing them for the next step in their career journey.”
Ernie Romer, School Partnerships Coordinator, Forth Valley College
QUICKFIRE FACTS & common myths
MYTH 1: Apprenticeships are only available in manual industries
MYTH 2: Most apprentices are men
MYTH 3: Apprentices Must Be Young People
myth 4: you WON’T BE EARNING AS MUCH AS GRADUATES
"We really want to give young people the opportunity to develop skills with us so taking on an apprentice within this environment makes sense. Everyday is different and wildly varied in relation to the business support roles and activities they are involved in, from customer service to event management. Their experience here at the Innovation Park is a great stepping stone that could catapult them onto an amazing career path, or if we are lucky we might even get to keep them!"
Lynn Blaikie, Head of Stirling University Innovation Park
NEW DEVELOPMENT IN FORTH VALLEY
More information about the Graduate Apprenticeship in Data Science at Stirling University can be obtained by contacting Dr Mario Kolberg (Data Science Course Director) at University of Stirling on 01786 467440 or email@example.com
Springboard, the charity dedicated to helping young, unemployed and disadvantaged people improve their prospects in life through a career in hospitality, leisure and tourism work in collaboration with their industry partners to enable these S2 pupils to sample the Hospitality, Food and Tourism industry whilst encouraging the pupils to think about these industries as a career of choice.
"Our pupils have had an absolutely amazing time. It has been a revelation for us to see how confident they are in such a different environment, they are completely out of their comfort zone yet are showing us how adaptable they really are."
Miss Morton & Miss Cairns, Carrongrange High School
Every year Dyslexia Scotland sends a Christmas card to its high profile President, ambassadors, funders and other partners designed by dyslexic young Scottish people and artists, to highlight the creative talents that dyslexia can bring, as well as having a unique set of cards to 'wow' their partners with.
Thanks to DYW Forth Valley, a link was made with Clackmannanshire's Secondary School Support Service whose talented young artists got the chance to collaborate with local designer, Lindsey Scott, to make a set of original designs. As an artist with Dyslexia, Lindsey was very keen to support these young people through the creative process. The young people themselves each received a pack of their designs to share with friends and family, or keep as an impressive portfolio piece.
“We’re thrilled with the creative, witty and colourful Christmas card designs made by young people from Clackmannanshire. Art and design are often dyslexic strengths and a great way for young dyslexic people to express themselves, as well as develop essential creative thinking skills needed for the future world of work. We’re very grateful to Developing Young Workforce Forth Valley for connecting us with a local school willing to get involved with the project, and to the artist Lindsey Scott for sharing her skills with the group.”
Katie Carmichael, Dyslexia Scotland’s Career Coach
“Having opportunities for young people with dyslexia to work with businesses in projects such as this one are so important, it allows them to work together to promote the value of dyslexic strengths in the workplace and demonstrate to an employer what an asset they can be to their business.”
Michelle Carr, DYW Programme Coordinator
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