What We Do

Supporting industry links with education

Through our Schools and Business Partnerships and wider industry links, we help to enrich the learning journey for young people across Glasgow schools and colleges.

Using campaigns, networking and supply-chain management, we're growing the number of employers engaging with education, with a particular focus on SMEs.

Get in touch with the team at dyw@glasgowchamberofcommerce.com to find out the ways in which your school/business can support this important agenda.

Click here to view our Impact Report which features research showing the positive impacts that employer engagement has on both pupils and business alike.

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Preparing young people for the world of work

Helping to prepare young people for entry into the labour market is a key theme of the Scottish Government youth employment plans. In Glasgow, industry has been leading the way through:

  • Supporting employer engagement with apprenticeships.
  • Facilitating mock interviews, work experience and site tours.
  • Supporting mentoring initiatives such as MCR Pathways and Career Ready.

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Employer leadership

Through established working groups, our work is designed by business, for business. DYW Glasgow facilitates two established working groups:

  • Glasgow Employer Board (GEB)
    With representation from over 30 organisations, the Glasgow Employer Board provides employer leadership to employment skills programmes across the city.
  • Education and Industry Partnership working group
    This group bring together partners from education, industry and other stakeholders to provide a 360 view of the work and impact of DYW in Glasgow.

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Sector-specific programmes

Through our industry engagement, we work to provide young people with a better understanding of the labour market and the key sectors in the city. As a result, we deliver a range of sector specific programmes of work including programmes to support skills development for digital, tourism and STEM.

If you are interested in engaging with DYW on any sector specific projects, contact us at dyw@glasgowchamberofcommerce.com.

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We regularly hold events to showcase the various ways in which employers can get involved in DYW and the great work of our partner organisations.

In order to support employer delivery of the DYW agenda, we also organise employer training sessions on subjects such as; effective engagement with education, mentoring and hosting meaningful work placements.

Click here to view our upcoming events.

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A number of young people face additional barriers when moving into the world of work. The Scottish Government is committed to improving opportunities for these young people. DYW Glasgow supports this agenda through:

  • Helping to increase industry links with Additional Support Needs (ASN) schools in Glasgow.
  • Supporting and promoting initiatives such as the Scottish Employer Recruitment Incentive (SERI).
  • Working with key stakholders in the city to improve employment outcomes for young people who face additional barriers inclduing MCR Pathways, Project Search and SmartSTEMs.
  • Working with employers to promote work experience and job opportunities to groups who may otherwise not get access.

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  • #NoWrongPath
    #NoWrongPath is a viral social media campaign created by DYW Glasgow which launched on Scottish Exam Results Day 2017. The campaign asks people from all walks of life to share a snippet of their career journey so far to inspire young people and show them that there is #NoWrongPath.

    DYW Glasgow were awarded Best Use of Social Media at the 2017 Herald Digital Business Awards in recognition of this campaign.

    Click here to read more about this award-winning campaign.
  • Education Should Be...
    Education Should Be... is a web app that allows young people aged 8-25 to voice their thoughts on education. Throughout 2018 - the Year of Young People - the DYW Glasgow team has been collecting the opinions of young people through this tool.

    Later in the year, we will hold small focus groups to explore how some these suggestions could be made a reality and will share our findings with key stakeholders and influencers of education in Scotland.

    Find out more about Education Should Be here.

  • Employer of the Month
    Each calendar month, DYW Glasgow selects an Employer of the Month. This is to recognise and highlight business commitment to Developing the Young Workforce as well as inspire other businesses to get involved.

    Click here to view our most recent Employer of the Month.

  • Scottish Apprenticeship Week
    Each year for a week in March, Skills Development Scotland and other stakeholders celebrate apprenticeships across schools and workplaces all over Scotland. DYW Glasgow and our network of business and education partners engage in a range of activity aimed at providing understanding and awareness of apprenticeships to teachers, parents, young people and businesses.

    Find out more about Scottish Apprenticeship Week here.

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