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DYW D&A Business Newsletter
November 2020


Welcome

Welcome to the November DYW Dundee and Angus Business Newsletter.
In this update: 
If you have an interest in supporting a school with some virtual activities please get in touch with our team by emailing contact@dywda.co.uk

Click here to read our Business Booklet for inspiration!

Career Inspiration Volunteers Needed

We are looking for more short career films or case studies to add to our Career Inspiration Series! We want to hear from individuals from all industry sectors to really showcase the variety of careers available to young people. So, if you are doing a job now that your young self would have never imagined - we would love to hear from you! To see some of the films in our library already click here.

If you would like to support this project and submit a video or case study please get in touch with Marthe (marthe@dywda.co.uk)

360 Video Opportunity!

DYW are working hard to try and virtualise our offer in today’s climate to make our services accessible to all. As part of our efforts to adapt we are planning to produce a series of 360 videos that could be used in schools, career fairs and other events to showcase different work places and give young people a really immersive experience without having to leave their house/school!

Our hopes are that these 360 videos will be suitable for use inside VR headsets and online via the likes of YouTube and Facebook. We are currently looking for businesses in Dundee & Angus to get in touch if they are interested in being featured in one of these videos.

This is a great opportunity to showcase your business and you will have a great tool at the end of this that you can use to promote your business going forward – at no cost to you!

Please email the DYW team (contact@dywda.co.uk) if you are interested!

Looking for mock interviewers & CV checkers

Before the summer holidays, DYW launched a national programme for school leavers – DYW Skills Academy. This programme was used by school leavers across Scotland, this resource and e-learning modules are still available. Schools will be using this programme for their winter leavers or any pupil group hoping to gain some employability skills. The programme consists of different activities and the opportunity to have a CV check and/or mock interview with a local employer.

The mock interview will last approximately 20-25 minutes. The first 15 minutes will be for questions and then there will be around 5-10 minutes for feedback.

If you could spare 25 minutes to volunteer as an interviewer or CV checker please email contact@dywda.co.uk

DYW Equalities Campaign

Developing the Young Workforce are preparing to launch an equalities focused week of events and social media campaign across Scotland on w/c Monday 16th November 2020.

The week campaign will be aimed at employers, parents and young people. #Ajobforeverybody intends to promote, illustrate and celebrate diversity and inclusion in the workplace as well as to encourage businesses and organisations to realise that there are many organisations in the region around them willing to meet with them and advise and support them in recruiting.

Building on last year’s #ajobforeverybody campaign with another week of highlights we will be introducing a new feature as part of the week – #myskillsmakeme a social media campaign we are encouraging everyone to take part in!

For more information about the weeks events and how to take part please click here.

What does recruitment look like in the cultural sector?

With the introduction of youth employment support mechanisms throughout the UK, Creative and Cultural Skills want to better understand the sector’s recruitment culture to help it recover after the challenging times of Covid-19 and build back, better.
 
They are inviting employers in the cultural sector to help them understand entry routes and the development of the talent through apprenticeships, internships and work experience.

Please take 10 minutes to complete their survey. The information you provide will be used by Creative & Cultural Skills and relevant partners to inform programmes of support for the sector, and relevant collated findings will be published.

Dundee & Angus College looking for Admin Placements

Gale McIntyre, the Curriculum & Quality Lead for Business at Dundee & Angus College, is looking for businesses who have the capacity to support an Administration Placement as part of an Employability Programme they are running. The destination, we hope after completing the course, is for the young person to find a job in an admin role as they will have the qualification and appropriate work experience.
The classes that these young people will be taking in college are; Word Processing, Spreadsheets for Administrators, PowerPoint, Research Skills, Communication, Audio typing, Reception services etc.
 
Whilst on placement they will complete an SVQ in Business & Administration.  This will be achieved through showing evidence of what they are doing on their work placement, such as Reflective Accounts, being observed by their College Tutor and a couple of Witness Testimonies from their Mentor/Manager.
 
They will be Disclosure Scotland checked by the college prior to coming out on placement. The College will have a small amount of paperwork to do with you, such as Risk Assessment and a Memorandum of Understanding so that all parties (Placement Provider, College and Learner) know what is expected out of the placement agreement and the support the College will provide.

The placement day would either be a Tues/Wed in Angus and a Thursday/Friday in Dundee. The placement would run from end November 2020 to June 2021.

 
If you would like more information please contact Gale (g.mcintyre@dundeeandangus.ac.uk).

SDS COVID-19 Labour Market Insights

As we all know the COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruption to every sector of the economy and has had a significant impact on the labour market. Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is committed to maintaining its role of providing robust evidence on the labour market in order to help inform policy direction and investment in response to that economic and labour market impact.

As part of that commitment, SDS has developed the COVID-19 Labour Market Insights, providing succinct and up-to-date evidence on the impact on Scotland’s economy, business and people. It includes spotlights on specific sectors and regions and also summarises the key challenges alongside the ongoing response from SDS.

Minority Ethnic Recruitment Toolkit

A Minority Ethnic Recruitment Toolkit was published by Scottish Government on the 30th September. This toolkit is for recruitment managers in the public sector looking to improve the diversity of their workforce by recruiting more people from minority ethnic backgrounds. This toolkit includes a range of suggestions and ideas for organisations who will appreciate some initial guidance.

To download the full toolkit click here and please feel free to share widely. 

Contact DYW

DYW Dundee & Angus
37 City Quay
Camperdown Street
Dundee DD1 3JA

e: contact@dywda.co.uk
t: 01382 443409

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