-Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Borders is delighted to announce the appointment of its new Chair and Vice Chair, marking a significant milestone in the programme's ongoing mission to bridge the gap between education and the world of work for young people across the Scottish Borders.
DYW Borders also takes this opportunity to extend thanks to its outgoing Chair and Vice Chair for their unwavering dedication and commitment to the programme over the preceding years.
The newly appointed leaders, who will guide DYW Borders into the next phase of its important work, are as follows:
New Chair: Gavin Yuill
New Vice Chair: Lee-Anne Gillie
- Gavin said: “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Alan and Sarah for their outstanding work over the last few years, giving DYW Borders governance and guidance. The world of work as we know it continues to evolve and an organisation like DYW Borders has to evolve to remain relevant and able to deliver outcomes for those it aims to support.”
Both Gavin and Lee-Anne bring a wealth of expertise and experience to their roles, and they are committed to advancing DYW Borders' mission of empowering young people, parents, carers, employers, and those in education to help foster a stronger, more connected community in the Scottish Borders region.
Gavin continued: “With Lee-Anne and the other Board members, we will continue to build on what has been achieved and, with the Programme team, will deliver even more, supporting young people, parents, those in Education, and businesses.”
As a local implementation of the national Developing the Young Workforce programme, DYW Borders has been at the forefront of plans and activity to create meaningful opportunities and connections between young people and the world of work. The programme aims to equip young individuals with the skills, knowledge, and experiences necessary to thrive in the modern workplace by facilitating partnerships between educational institutions and local businesses.
We have a new Programme Officer in the regional team, Nicola Shaw, who will help deliver activities and DYW priorities across the region. She has been a highly valued DYW Schools Coordinator at Galashiels Academy and Jedburgh Grammar Campus, which gives her great insight when leading the Schools Coordinator team.
Nicola has moved in to the role following Kirsti Wilson taking a new position at Border business, Unique Cottages. Kirsti has been a fantastic Programme Officer and we wish her all the best in the new job.
With SBC and partners we ran an event for S2 & S3 Care Experienced students and Young Carers to provide some extra employability and life skills. The workshops included cooking on a budget, problem solving & team building, skills for interviews, organisations & interpersonal skills and financial budgeting.
In the interactive work book we focused on the Meta-Skills frame work and on the 3rd day held a marketplace of organisations offering support and activities, including Stepping Stones (YouthBorders) to Action for Children
Parters who delivered workshops were:
Duke of Edinburgh
St James Place
My World of Work & SDS
How should schools assess their students and what qualifications do we need to support our young people and employers?
The Independent Review of Qualifications & Assessment was established to ensure that the achievements of all learners aged 15-18 are recognised as fair & equitable. Looking to the future, the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills announced in October 2021 the intention to reform qualifications and assessments.
In the last few years there have been a number of reviews and reports which have made recommendations about our education system and assessments. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, a renewed debate around assessment has also taken place following the cancellation of National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher exams in 2020 and 2021
The reports include the:
To find out more about the reviews and have your input in the public consultation use the link below
Its not just building; its building careers, business and a better future
In partnership with the Borders Construction Forum and the Borders STEM Partnership, DYW Borders running a Built Environment Insight Day, with workshops, talks and practical taster sessions .
There will be the opportunity to hear about careers and pathways into the sector, the journey to Net Zero ,learn about the increased use of VR, drone or heat sensing technologies, sample traditional and sustainable building skills, and attend workshops on community engagement, design, architecture and civil engineering.
There will be talks and interactive workshops to encourage and support young people (16- 24) who want to explore careers in the sector, with groups of S5 & S6 pupils attending from local schools.
There are workshops aimed at employers and professionals looking at developments in the sector, including sustainable construction, the use of digital, apprenticeships, regional case studies, the future workforce and opportunities for training.
It is all taking place 10am-2.30pm on Wednesday 30th November at the Borders College campus, Galashiels.
The event is being held in collaboration with South of Scotland Enterprise, Borders College, CiTB, Heriot Watt University, DWP, and Skills Development Scotland.
Workshop are being delivered by Fuel Change, Fleming Homes, A Place in Childhood, SOSE, Skills Development Scotland, BE-ST Build, Borders College, Women in Property, McLaughlin & Harvey, Page + Park architects, Ecohus, Heriot-Watt University, Tom Manley Photography and others
Book your space via the Eventbrite website
To explore careers, pathways and links to the sector have a look at our Built Environment Padlet
RHET are running a STEM packed educators workshop visit to a robotic dairy farm
Exclusively for teachers this event will highlight the STEM utilised on a dairy farm and provide ideas for classroom engagement.
The training is open to secondary and upper primary teachers and the session will fit particularly well with STEM, geography and health and wellbeing.
This is an opportunity to meet with Colin Laird, who manages the family farm, and discover how he is using modern technology and robots to improve the efficiency, health and productivity of the farm. They have a herd of over a 1000 dairy cows and milk 530 daily, undertaken by 10 robots.
Participants will have a tour of the farm, and have an opportunity to see the various technologies in use, ask questions and see how using a resource such as a farm can enhance pupil learning, in real life situations.
10.00 Arrival, registration, refreshments
10.15 Introduction and welcome and how can RHET support teachers
10.30 Introduction from the farmer
10.45 Tour of the Dairy – linking to STEM themes
11.30 Questions and evaluation
#agriculture #stem #STEM #roboticdairy
To book visit the RHET web page here
Following a successful first campaign in 2021, Scottish Careers Week is back from 7-11 November, with the aim of highlighting the amazing career support available across Scotland. With a world class career services and Scottish Careers Week provides an opportunity to highlight them to people of all ages across the country
The world of work is changing rapidly, career services play a key role in helping people prepare and progress. To succeed in the future, it’s more important than ever that we help people of all ages to develop their career management skills, knowledge and experience of the world of work.
Have you got the skills and and attributes to be a support worker, a social worker or a care home nurse?
DYW LIVE are hosting a week focused on careers in social care on the 5th to 9th December
Throughout the week, there are live online talks to people in a variety of roles to demystify what social care workers actually do every day, with the chance for you to ask questions about what it’s like to do the jobs.
The daily morning programme will see real social care professionals delivering 30 minute webinars on the website with live Q&A. These will be recorded afterwards. In the afternoons a 45-minute sessions via MS Teams will introduce you to social care as the diverse sector it is. You will look at career pathways and the opportunities to become a registered social care professional.
Hear about the valuable skills that young people bring to social care and hear from young workers about what it’s like to start their careers with us. And importantly, the sessions will explain the routes into the sector, including entry-level jobs, college courses and apprenticeship opportunities, so that everyone knows where to start.
Discover a whole world of rewarding career options supporting people to live their lives the way they want to.
All the sessions will be recorded for viewing later, if you can make it to the Live talks
To find out more and sign up as. teacher or students, visit the DYW Live page:
DYW Scotland are running a digital session to help businesses find out about the benefits of mentoring and how to go about it.
Mentoring a young person can not only have a life-changing impact for the individual but be an invaluable way for young people to develop the skills, confidence and aspirations they need for their future success.
Join Developing the Young Workforce, Career Ready and MCR Pathways to find out more about the benefits of mentoring and the opportunities for employers to get involved in mentoring young people in Scotland.
By the end of this session you will;
• Understand the benefits of mentoring for young people and employers
• Find out about opportunities to get involved in national mentoring programmes from Career Ready and MCR Pathways
• Hear from young people and employers who have benefited from being involved in mentoring programmes
This session will be delivered through Zoom.
Thursday 27th October :10-11
Book you space via EventBrite
Do you want to know more about working in the Computer Games sector in Scotland?
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Rangers Football Club and Universal Centre of Sport are running a BSc Sports Coaching programme, the first of its kind in Scotland.
You will gain a qualification and industry work experience across areas such as coaching, scouting, match analysis and life as a player/athlete.
This is an exciting and unique opportunity for school leavers to combine their studies alongside experience within industry leaders!
Rangers Partner with Universal Centre of Sport | Rangers Football Club
As we move to Net Zero there are lots of developments in renewable energy and construction. There are opportunities for school leavers, contractors looking to develop their skills, those wanting to retrain or start on an apprenticeships.
Come and visit the open day in Galashiels on the 19th October
Lantra are running this online event so you hear directly from those working in Scotland’s land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation sector about the rewarding careers on offer.
There are talks about a wide range of careers available in Scotland’s land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation sector. The event is open to anyone interested in finding out more about careers in our sector.
10:50 Wildlife Management
11:20 Environmental Conservation
13:00 Land-based Engineering
13:30 Animal Care
Are you being affected by rising bills and the cost of living?
Young Scot have produced information on the Cost Crisis to support young people navigate some of the challenges they are likely to face. Further details can be found on their website
Coping With the Cost Crisis | Young Scot
Throughout Inclusion Week ENABLE Works are running a series of bitesized information sessions every day, where employers can learn more about creating a more accessible and inclusive workplace.
Autism Awareness Bitesize: 26/09/22 – 10am – 10:30am
Diversity & Inclusion Bitesize: 27/09/22 – 11am – 11:30am
Learning Disability Awareness Bitesize: 28/09/22 – 1pm – 1:30pm
Unconscious Bias Bitesize: 29/09/22 – 11am – 11:30am
Disability Awareness Bitesize: 30/09/22 – 10am – 10:30am
If you want to find out more about what’s on offer during Inclusion Week contact Elaine Hamilton: firstname.lastname@example.org
Categories will showcase the individual achievements of apprentices, the incredible support shown by employers, learning providers and mentors, and the key role of apprenticeships in supporting Scotland’s economic and climate change ambitions.
The deadline for nominations is noon on Wednesday, 5 October 2022 and winners will be revealed during Scottish Apprenticeship Week, which takes place from 6-10 March 2023.
For details of how to apply, go the the ApprenticeScot website at https://www.apprenticeships.scot/events/awards/
Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards - Developing the Young Workforce category finalists
Congratulations to Aquarius Hair Design, Evolution Bottling and Packaging Solutions Ltd and Graham Reid Accountancy for making it to the final!
All three businesses have played a great role in developing our young workforce and everyone at DYW Borders would like to give a massive thank you for that!
Roll on the finals
#NoWrongPath is back and, in a year with significant disruption to education, the messaging of the campaign is more important than ever. 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.
Developing the Young Workforce is 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 9 August 2022).
For information on how you can get involved, visit https://www.dyw.scot/nowrongpath or contact us at email@example.com
In partnership with Burnfoot Community Futures, Developing the Young Workforce, and Hawick High News we introduced Ready, Steady, Cook. 👨🍳🍳🍴
The event was primarily held as an opportunity to showcase and discuss the variety of #voluntary and paid opportunities available at BCF with a fun twist!
The pupils also learned about the career’s paths of the two chefs, Wendy and Hawick High School Deputy Head Teacher – Mrs Scott!