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DYW Skills Academy and parents’ events launched to support young people into employment throughout pandemic

As announced by Nicola Sturgeon at today’s [23 June 2020] briefing, Developing the Young Workforce, the Scottish Government’s national strategy for strengthening links between schools and businesses, has created a virtual skills academy for young people across Scotland to prepare and support them into employment and apprenticeships throughout the pandemic.

A series of information sessions will also be held for parents and carers, helping them to support and inform young people in taking their next steps as they transition from school.

DYW Skills Academy: Get Industry Ready will be delivered throughout July and August with activities and employability experiences supported by industry that have been designed to combat youth unemployment.

Young people can register to take part in the free academy from tomorrow (24 June) until 12 July. Elements of the course will be open to all school leavers, while some will be targeted directly at those looking to progress into employment and those applying for apprenticeships.

The first week will provide industry insights sessions allowing young people to find out about the key sectors emerging from Covid-19 and the career opportunities available within each. They will find out more about the skills and qualifications needed within industries such as food and drink, health and social care, digital/technology and financial services.

Week two onwards will then cover skills they need to start their pathway into such sectors before courses are given on subjects such as cyber security, customer service, GDPR, health and safety, life at work and resilience in the workplace. Young people will also be given CV feedback from industry professionals and will be given the opportunity to take part in mock interview sessions.

Alongside the Skills Academy, a series of Scotland’s Biggest Parents Events will be delivered over four broadcasts with input from a range of experts covering topics such as exams, mental health, apprenticeships, skills development and pathways into industry. The events aim to provide a message of reassurance and optimism to parents and carers at this challenging time. They will also provide information about options and next steps including where parents and young people can go to make informed judgements about their future.

Young people across Scotland and their parents and carers will be able to access the programmes through a national portal with industry learnings across the country, before tailored local industry interventions take place throughout each region.

DYW Glasgow, hosted by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, will be teaming up with local industry partners to provide access to relevant employers.

Alison McRae, senior director at Glasgow Chamber of Commerce said: “As we work towards economic recovery, it is absolutely vital that we remain committed to supporting young people who are going to be amongst the worst hit as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

“Within DYW Glasgow, the team has been focused on bringing education and industry together to help bridge gaps for young people to easily access the world of work. This is now more important than ever, ensuring that our young people have the information required around the options available to them and the networks for transitioning from school into employment.

“Glasgow and its business community will play its role to help deliver the DYW Skills Academy: Get Industry Ready and Scotland’s Biggest Parents Events to collaborate across the country, creating a support system for young people throughout these challenging times.”

Rob Woodward, DYW National Group Chair, said: “I am delighted that today the DYW Regional Group network has set out its package of work that will support school leavers this summer. Driven by industry, these specific initiatives will support young people and their parents to chart a positive course during the summer and DYW will continue to support all of Scotland’s young people.”

To register for DYW Skills Academy: Get Industry Ready please visit: www.DYW.scot

To register for Scotland’s Biggest Parents Evening Sessions please visit: www.DYW.scot