Throughout the upcoming school year, we look forward to seeing many events and activities designed to assist in developing the young workforce. DYW regional groups have already begun planning for the year ahead, so here’s some examples of the types of events and activities you can expect to see.
Many DYW regional groups hold careers fairs for senior pupils, so that they can gain insight to some of the options available to them after they leave school. DYW Shetland are hosting a careers fair on 3rd October and DYW Argyll and Bute will host the Tobermory Careers fair (contact DYW Argyll and Bute for dates). The DYW Roadshow, hosted by DYW Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian, will take place on 4th October.
It is likely that more regional groups will host similar events, so if your local group is not mentioned, get in touch with them to find out what’s on in your area. To find your local regional group, click here.
Employability and Further Learning Events (DYW Edinburgh, Midlothian & East Lothian)
DYW Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian have many events and activities in the diary for young people, including My Bank Nat West money workshops, STEM events in Portobello and Beeslack, Young Enterprise Scotland pre-employability workshops, University visits, and Humanitarian Aid Team Working with RAF. Please contact the team for dates and more information.
Aquaculture Day: 13th September (DYW Argyll and Bute)
The aim of the event, targeted towards P6-S2 pupils, is to create awareness of the different types of careers available in Aquaculture and STEM. Pupils will be able to explore different roles within the aquaculture industry by visiting interactive stalls led by local businesses. Fun activities include Salmon tasting, opportunity to ask questions and speak with role models, and the possibility of boats! The morning is reserved for primary schools whilst afternoon is for secondary pupils. Sessions and timings can be made flexible for island schools.
Generation STEM Sessions (DYW North East)
These sessions designed for senior phase pupils will take place at Inverurie Academy, and will be facilitated by industry representatives from Baker Hughes. Their younger counterparts will start work on a Lego activity as part of the same programme. Please contact DYW North East for more information.
Oil and Gas Production Sessions (DYW North East)
With its historic links to oil and gas, the North East of Scotland is set to play a key role in the energy industry’s drive towards net-zero targets. DYW North East is working closely with both industry associations and individual employers to ensure that young people are aware of the skills, opportunities and roles that will be required to support the transition.
As part of their partnership with Oldmachar Academy, a representative from Neptune Energy will present to S4 pupils about the current status of oil and gas production, its consumption versus renewables and how things may change in the future. They will also share their career story of working in the industry.
S3 pupils at Mintlaw Academy will benefit from an eight-week block of sessions supported by an engineer from Score Group, culminating in a visit to the company’s headquarters in Peterhead. A site visit is also in the planning for Bridge of Don Academy pupils, who are set to visit Sparrows training centre for a tour and talk.
Social Enterprise in the classroom (DYW Forth Valley)
DYW Forth Valley, in partnership with Social Enterprise Academy Scotland, Falkirk Council Education department, and local employers, is supporting teachers to embed a pupil-led social enterprise within the classroom which encourages young people to develop and apply a range of skills to tackle the issues that matter to them. We are kicking our engagement off with an Educator CPD session in August, where teachers will develop an understanding of social enterprise and how it can be applied in an education context. This will be followed by an opportunity for pupils to ‘pitch’ their social enterprise project ideas at their very own Dragon’s Den. A truly transformational learning experience being offered to young people of both primary and secondary age.
Adult Social Care Event (DYW Forth Valley)
DYW Forth Valley is working in partnership with the Scottish Government Social Care Directorate to raise awareness of the skills and pathways opportunities within the Adult Social Care sector and we are co-hosting a schools event on Tuesday the 3rd of October at Forth Valley College. 120 secondary pupils from Forth Valley secondary schools will be joining us and will have the opportunity to chat with Social Care professionals and gain hands on experience of the skills required to be successful in this field by undertaking a range of interactive activities
We know there will be other events throughout the school year to assist young people in learning about their career options, or to provide insight into a particular industry or sector. If you would like to find out more about events and activities happening in your area, please contact your local regional group for more information (you can find contact details for your local regional group by clicking here).