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Work Ready? Regional Developing the Young Workforce Conference 2019 (Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian)

Target audience - Secondary S1 to S3 (11-14 year old), Secondary S4 to S6 (14-18 year old), College
Work readiness has been identified as one of the top key drivers of employer engagement in education. Yet research suggests there is a contradiction between what employers want and what young people think employers want, so the definition of work readiness varies between industry seeking talent and young people looking for their first step on the career ladder.

With this in mind and two years remaining to deliver the ambitions of Scotland's Youth Employment Strategy, DYW Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian bring you their Work Ready? Regional Conference 2019, raising awareness of what Work Ready really is and how we can all be involved in making a difference for young people in our region.

You should attend this conference to:

- Find out more about our regional research on work readiness.
- Hear from young people, practitioners and industry on what work ready means to them.
- Take part in workshops which challenge current thinking around work readiness and offer clarity, giving everyone a ‘Take Away’ and ‘Call to Action’.
- Find out about best practice from key stakeholders.
- Understand your role in work readiness.

The conference is open to educators, industry, young people and their parents. By attending the conference:
- Young people will know what it means to be work ready and understand how they can become work ready.
- Employers will know how they can help young people to become work ready and know how to translate good practice into action in talent attraction and recruitment.
- Educators and parents will know what it means to be work ready and the needs of employers when seeking work ready young people, they will know how they can support young people to be work ready.

Come and join 350 delegates in making a difference for young people in our region. Note on Educator/Careers Advisor bookings:

- Schools: We would like to invite up to 2 educators from each secondary school. The DYW Lead or Head Teacher along with a member of the teaching team who is new to DYW. We hope each school can identify up to 2 pupils who are confident enough to engage in this type of event, these spaces should be booked by the educator.
- College: tutors from all curriculum areas are encouraged to book, we have space for 10 young college pupils who would be keen to engage in this type of event. Young people should be identified through the tutors and spaces booked by the tutors.
- Careers Advisors: We can accommodate up to 20 careers advisors
We look forward to seeing you on the day. Team DYW
English, Expressive arts, Health and wellbeing, Languages, Mathematics, Religious and moral education, Sciences, Social studies, Technologies

Future Asset 'Educators' Investment Breakfast Briefing

Target audience - Secondary S4 to S6 (14-18 year old), College
The Wolf of Wall Street? Red braces and striped blazers? If you think that this is investment and financial services, join us for breakfast and we’ll set the record straight!

Asset management sits at the heart of the UK economy, investing pension funds to help us save for the future while supporting businesses and economic growth in the UK and abroad. The UK excels in asset management with firms in Scotland managing £615 billion, 8% of assets under management in the UK.

Around 7,500 people are employed directly in asset management in Scotland with an additional 5,500 in supporting roles. There are many different roles and opportunities for young people with a range of skills, interests and backgrounds and at the Future Asset Investment Breakfast Briefing staff from investment firms will tell you more.

This event will be of interest to:
  • teachers with roles in guidance, business and economics;
  • subject teachers in humanities, social sciences and STEM will learn about the relevance of their subjects to this field;
  • careers advisers.

  • The Investment Breakfast Briefing is being hosted by Brewin Dolphin, one of the UK’s leading investment management and financial planning firms. The event will include an update from staff working in the sector and Ian Hanson, Sector Skills Manager at SDS, on :
    • An overview of investment and how it fits in the financial services sector;
    • Roles and careers available;
    • Qualifications and competencies required;
    • Routes in to the sector including different levels of entry from graduate recruitment to the development of apprenticeships.

    Future Asset works to improve diversity in asset management and the investment sector in Scotland. We are holding this event in partnership with investment management firms and Developing the Young Workforce Edinburgh, Midlothian & East Lothian. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss this event or other opportunities with Future Asset, please contact Helen Bradley, Campaign Coordinator, at
    English, Languages, Mathematics, Religious and moral education, Sciences, Social studies, Technologies, Other

    VIKS Nursing Insight Day, Saturday 30th March, Western General Hospital

    Target audience - Secondary S1 to S3 (11-14 year old), Secondary S4 to S6 (14-18 year old)
    Saturday 30th March, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh 9:15am - 2:30pm The NHS Nursing Insight Programme Day, organised by Vision in Kids (VIKS) and supported by NHS Lothian aims to provide an insight into the varied nursing careers within the Health Service. This programme aims to provide a broad outline of Nursing through a combination of talks, video presentations and some hands on experience through workshops for the students. The careers that we outline will be suitable for graduate as well as non-graduate careers paths, for students of all abilities so here will be something for everyone who is interested in a career within nursing. We anticipate high interest and may need to cap numbers from each school. Attendance is free. Registration is required through the nominated school careers lead/head/deputy. If you wish to attend please notify the relevant member of staff within your school who should then email Louise McAtamney to book your place:
    Health and wellbeing, Sciences

    Hillcrest Housing Association Work Placement

    Target audience - Secondary S4 to S6 (14-18 year old)
    8 work placement opportunities available from Hillcrest Housing Association in the following teams: Communications/Social Media x 1 Learning & Development x 1 Hillcrest Maintenance Services - Trades x 3 (2 construction, 1 office based) Development x 1 IT Service Desk x 1 Health & Safety x 1 • CV closing date to Pamela Cavanagh by Wednesday 20th March either by e-mail or post: 1 Explorer Road, Dundee. DD2 1EG. • Interviews to be held w.c. 25/3 – day to be decided: o HMS ones will be down in Tom Johnson Road o HQ ones will be in HQ – they may need to be on different days
    English, Technologies, Other

    Teacher Industry Placement Month May 2019

    Target audience - Secondary S1 to S3 (11-14 year old), Secondary S4 to S6 (14-18 year old), College
    Get involved in Teacher Industry Placement Month!

    This year for the month of May, teachers and careers advisers from across Edinburgh, Midlothian & East Lothian will have the opportunity to spend a day in industry. This day will provide you with the chance to discover more about the sector, the types of roles available and the pathways into these jobs.

    What are the benefits?
    • Gain a better understanding of industry to help contextualise learning for young people
    • Make links between content delivered in the classroom and how this is utilised in the world of work
    • Experience life in modern industries
    • Gain real life knowledge and experience that will help to bring careers to life in the classroom

    Don't just take our word for it!
    "I was made to feel very welcome by everyone I spoke to and I particularly enjoyed speaking to the women working there about their experiences...I learned so much (my head was buzzing when I left!) and have come back to Porty this session with a real surge in my passion for STEM careers. We have already placed a student with Ian for their work experience in November. Thanks very much for such an invigorating experience." Portobello High School (Biology Teacher) - Placement with McTaggart Scott

    To apply for a Teacher Industry Placement in May 2019, please register your interest below and the DYW team will be in touch with further information.
    English, Expressive arts, Health and wellbeing, Languages, Mathematics, Religious and moral education, Sciences, Social studies, Technologies

    Dream Bigger - soft skills to succeed

    Target audience - Secondary S4 to S6 (14-18 year old), College
    Dream Bigger is a programme aimed at creating a generation of strong, empowered women of the future by inspiring young women to understand their potential and to strive to achieve in their chosen area of interest.

    This initiative offers young women opportunities to gain insights to areas of purpose, mindset and self awareness. Demand for this programme is growing from young women age 16-18 years old and teachers who not only want to build technical knowledge but understand the value of building confidence and managing behaviours to achieve the right results.

    To support young women meet these challenges requires insight not normally taught in school, but form essential life lessons in building future proof capability. Being resilient, innovative, change ready, connected and most of all ready to learn new skills are some of the key ingredients for success.

    The programme is hosted in our accelerator hub and consists of short online modules and attendance at 1 live event from 9-3pm. We request schools to provide transport to the hub and back to the school. Drinks and food will be provided. We will also like to take photos at the event and will seek permission with school to support.