Welcome to the DYW Forth Valley Employer Bulletin, designed to share regular highlights of what's new in DYW to support you to engage with young people and education to benefit your business.
Please forward this on to your network and don't hesitate to get in touch if you need any support or have an opportunity you would like to share with young people and education.
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30th September 2021
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Why suse want to work with you!
We are collaborating with the Scottish Union of Supported Employment to identify members of our employer network who are forward-thinking, innovative and who want to have an inclusive culture within their business and develop the people within it. This is in support of the Disability Employment Gap PSP.
If you are passionate about your organisation, your employees, your customers and your local community, whether you have previous experience of employing disabled people or not, then SUSE would like to hear from you.
If you are an employer that wants to:
Supporting the Disability Employment Gap PSP makes perfect business sense for you and your key stakeholders.
What suse will offer you...
As a demonstration of SUSE' commitment to working with you, SUSE are offering your organisation a free introductory support session. You can choose from a number of training topics, including:
More information on these courses can be found on pages 2-4 of this document: SUSE Partnership Offer
Become a PSP Strategic Partner
Once you have attended your free support session, SUSE would like you to consider becoming one of their strategic employer partners. The benefits of working with SUSE:
If you share our passion for creating opportunities for disabled people to secure and sustain paid employment, please contact David at David.Stewart@susescotland.scot or 07305 064 282, for an informal discussion about how SUSE can help you.
We’re supporting Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021, co-ordinated by Skills Development Scotland. Scottish Apprenticeships support the 'Young Person's Guarantee' which was introduced by Scottish Government in 2020 to ensure everyone aged between 16 and 24 has the opportunity of work, education or training.
The theme for #ScotAppWeek21 is 'Business Backing Talent', with activity that aims to demonstrate how businesses benefit when they back talent through apprenticeships, as well as the value apprenticeships bring to individuals and the economy.
Businesses have adapted to challenging times. Employers and learning providers have innovated so apprentices can learn, achieve and progress, they have developed new and safe ways to recruit in their commitment to backing talent. Recognising the impact the pandemic has had on industry and employment, Scottish Apprenticeship Week will highlight the vital role apprenticeships play in supporting businesses and the economy now and for the future.
Whilst the Scottish Apprenticeship Week is co-ordinated by SDS, its continued success is down to those who support it and now, more than ever, it will play a vital role in highlighting the value work-based learning brings to Scotland’s people, business and economy so we urge you to get involved . You can do this by sharing your own case studies, good-news stories and opportunities for young people to access Apprenticeships across social media and on your websites.
If you would like to discuss apprenticeships with us, or find out more about how you can support and benefit from engaging with education please contact us using the button below.
Developing the Young Workforce regional groups are preparing to launch an equalities focused week of events and social media campaign across Scotland on w/c Monday 16th November 2020. The campaign will be aimed at employers, parents and young people to promote, illustrate and celebrate diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Building on last year’s #ajobforeverybody campaign we will be introducing a new feature as part of the week: #myskillsmakeme.
what is #myskillsmakeme?
Similar to #NoWrongPath we have produced a simple visual template that individuals from all backgrounds can download and use to highlight their skills, encouraging them to think aspirationally about their career pathways.
This element is also open to all ages so that professionals who have faced challenges relating to societal perceptions, live with conditions or illnesses, or have struggled with barriers to work can also act as role models to the next generation. This feature will also be sent to schools with the hope of including pupils in the highlights.
By looking beyond the barrier or condition we want to show young people and individuals that by working on their skills, attitude and approach to life they have it within their own control to affect their outcome, and we want employers to see the emerging talent of our young people based on the skills they are developing.
DYW Scotland has partnered with disability experts ENABLE Scotland to deliver an engaging new free webinar for employers to explore the steps to inspiring young people with additional support needs. This interactive half day webinar will provide employers with the tools to inform and inspire young people with additional needs while they’re still at school and provide practical guidance on supporting these young people into employment. During the workshop you will develop a bespoke Inclusion Plan for your organisation and be provided with a comprehensive resource pack.
The week will also see a series of virtual events from DYW Dumfries & Galloway including a Live Event ‘Strengthening Diversity through Inclusion’ with '3 In Consulting' and several webisodes from the DWP featuring 'Disability Confident' and the return of 'Play Your Cards Right!' with Sue Livermore, (from Dumfries & Galloway College) which was extremely well received last year.
There are a number of ways you can support this equalities focused week:
Support your employer network
Reach out to your partners/organisations in your area and encourage them to get involved with the promotional week. This will be a great way to highlight their own work and to signpost businesses to them and the people they work with.
Spread the word to employers/young people/adults
Using your communications channels to promote this equalities focused week to employers, young people and adults. This could be by posting on social media, website, news page etc. to create a powerful campaign.
Sign up to attend one of the virtual events taking place
Click the buttons below to follow links.
Use the activity resources below to encourage young people, adults and schools in your local area to get involved in #myskillsmakeme. Please post these on social media w/c 16th November and remember to use the hashtags #myskillsmakeme and #ajobforeverybody and tag us!
Download the templates here:
DYW FORTH VALLEY social media
Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Councils’ are currently in the process of applying to become a Kickstart Representative (or Intermediary) through which Forth Valley Businesses can apply to host Kickstart work placements.
The Kickstart Scheme has been created to provide new 6-month paid work placements (fully funded) for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
If a business is recruiting a minimum of 30 new young people (via Kickstart), you can apply directly to the DWP. If a business is recruiting for any number under 30 young people then you must do so through a representative organisation.
Businesses interested in hosting a Kickstart placement can complete the attached form below and return it to their local authority area – details are on the attached application template.
Interested employers should complete the template and return no later than Monday 28th September 2020.
More information on Kickstart is available HERE.
You can now connect with us in more ways than ever before!
At this time, virtual engagement is more vital than ever so at DYW Forth Valley we have taken the decision to add another social media platform to expand the ways for you to engage with us.
Below you can see the landing pages of each of our social media accounts and if you click on either the image or icon you will be directed across.
Please share this with your networks.
You can email us at email@example.com if you would like to discuss how you can engage in DYW activity across the Forth Valley region or to get involved in The Summer 2020 Leavers Programme please click the button below.
This autumn, the University of Stirling is introducing a Graduate Apprenticeship in Data Science. This innovative model was designed in collaboration with, and is funded by, Skills Development Scotland, and builds on the existing success of Foundation and Modern Apprenticeships by providing a degree level qualification.
With the fees covered by SDS, this programme provides an attractive and cost effective route to upskilling your existing workforce or recruiting motivated new talent. Graduate Apprentices study for a BSc in Data Science while also working as a valuable employee, with ever increasing capabilities and receiving the guidance and support of the University’s academics. Spending 80% of their time in the workplace, and 20% engaged in study, our Graduate Apprentices will learn how to collect, manage and analyse big, fast moving data for science or commerce, while solving the problems unique to your organisation.
Are you using your data to its fullest potential?
Data Science is about extracting impactful information from your data. By developing and using scientific methods, processes and algorithms to analyse large sets of raw and structured data, data scientists provide new solutions to business problems.
Effective data science is transformative for businesses. By extracting insights and trends, data scientists support their organisations by:
To find out more about data science and the Graduate Apprenticeship scheme, register for the University’s webinar on June 18th at 2pm, or contact Fiona McMillan on 01784 466145 or Fiona.firstname.lastname@example.org
ASK YOURSELF ONE QUESTION: Would your own employees know about the opportunities your business offers to young people?
On January 30th 2020 DYW Forth Valley will be supporting the national campaign #BigParentsEve for the second year running.
This year's theme is #JobsofTheFuture which will focus on increasing the understanding of the critical skills and projected occupations that will provide rewarding careers in the future, including apprenticeships and work-based learning opportunities.
We invite employers across Forth Valley to support the campaign. Read below to find out more about how you can get involved in #BigParentsEve
On 6th March we want to harness the power of social media networks to showcase the benefits of apprenticeships to parents and carers. Scotland’s Biggest Parents’ Evening is part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2019 has been developed by DYW in partnership with SDS.
DYW regional groups are working together to arrange a series of events aimed at parents and carers, as key influencers of young people, to show them the benefits of apprenticeships.
As part of this we would like to invite employers across Forth Valley to share key apprenticeship messages with the parents and carers in their workforce.
Many of you are keen to promote the apprenticeship pathways your business offers and may already have events planned during national apprenticeship week or may be inspired to think about how you can showcase what you are doing to debunk myths and misconceptions about apprenticeships that are common to parents/carers.
Why don’t you take advantage of this national campaign and join us on the 6th of March to promote what you are doing.
Click the images below to be taken to the resources you need to get involved.
Please let us know if you are planning on getting involved and if you are tweeting on the 6th March please tag @DYW_ForthValley and use the following hashtags:
We are keen to hear from you if you use a Drone in your business...
A Stirling based school are looking for some insight into these magnificent little devices and their potential uses in the world of work, they are keen to support their young people in gaining knowledge and some practical experience with them.
Are you, or do you know of any companies or individuals that either work with Drones or build, design and engineer Drones? Please get in touch if you can help us!
We are looking for employers to work with secondary school pupils to bring what they are learning in class to life and to show the industry application of electronics, both in terms of skills and career pathways. This support could be provided in the form of a class career talk, a hands on interactive workshop delivered in class or a site visit. If you are an employer with experience in any of the following areas and would like to share what you know to inspire the next generation, we would love to hear from you.
Kincardine in Menteith Primary & Thornhill Primary in Stirling, seek the support of individuals and businesses with financial backgrounds to support their DYW week beginning November 12th 2018.
If you can support by joining the school during this week for a short period of time to share insight on your job, career path and the skills you need to succeed within a financial related role then please contact us asap on email@example.com
S1 Pupils at Lornshill Academy are learning about the importance of literacy and how they can develop these skills.
Do Something Now and join Businesses from across all sectors and work with us to deliver a session.
Share why literacy skills are important to your business, how you use them and how difficult it would be to run your business without them?
Help our young people understand that Literacy Skills are so much more than just reading and writing and how learning to identify and understand these skills will help them progress through life and into employment.
It’s never too early to start influencing the next generation of young people to consider a career in your industry!
Work with us to deliver a Career Insight session to pupils of all ages.
Share with them details of different trades/jobs that are available within your industry and give advice of what would be expected of them as an employee.
Help raise the awareness of skills, qualifications and experience required and give them the chance to take responsibility and be better prepared for the world of work.
Already the summer holidays feel distant; the temperature has dropped, leaves are turning and shops are stocking their shelves in preparation for Christmas... but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Here at DYW Forth Valley we have spent the summer holidays preparing to support business and education partnership & engagement activities for the upcoming year, and we are excited to work with you.
'The Year of Young People' 2018 has generated a significant number of events, opportunities and activities that focus on young people, with plenty still to come. When YoYP 2018 ends, our mission continues to be to encourage and support employers to engage directly with education, whilst also encouraging them to recruit more young people. We will continue to both engage new businesses from every sector who would like to contribute to the development of young people's skills; and support and enhance the partnerships that are developing between business and education to fully embed DYW.
Across Forth Valley the development, recognition and articulation of transferable skills have been highlighted as a focus; if there are any particular transferable or soft skills that your business requires and you are in a position to work with us to raise awareness of skills and support their development within education, we want to hear from you.
Jen, Karen, Michelle, Rachael & Hollie
The DYW Forth Valley Programme Team
Who inspired you when you were young?
Following on from another successful year, Young Enterprise Scotland's Company Programme is set to run again in Forth Valley schools for 2018/19. YES Forth Valley are keen to see as many schools take part, and would be happy to talk to new schools about joining the programme for their S5/6 pupils.
Each school is paired up with a business adviser to help give guidance and support from September - March, with a minimum commitment of one hour every fortnight to meet with the teams, although many advisers choose to meet weekly.
We have multiple openings for businesses to get involved as advisers, and would be keen to speak with anyone who could help support the programme in Forth Valley.
If you, or someone you know would like to support this programme, please contact DYW Forth Valley in the first instance.