DYW Ayrshire Chair… ‘we dig what you’re saying’

Last week we visited Ashleigh Scotland’s fantastic new Headquarters in Prestwick to meet with David Smith, Managing Director of Ashleigh (Scotland) Ltd and also Chair of DYW Ayrshire.  We met with David to find out how being involved with DYW has benefitted his business and as Chair why he would encourage others to get involved….

Focussing on Learning Ability not Disability

This year Learning Disability Week takes place between 15th-21st May and is the perfect opportunity for us to highlight success stories of local young people with additional support needs who have entered into the world of work. In the run up to this week we visited a number of different youngsters throughout Ayrshire to hear…

One Year On

One year ago today we set up our blog page to give an insight into some of the work the DYW Ayrshire team were carrying out and we can’t believe how much of a success this page has been. With views hitting over 4400 and 39 posts being published it sure has been a busy…

Calling all Ayrshire Apprentices!

The Ayrshire Modern Apprenticeship Community Challenge runs annually from March – August and is a great way for local businesses to showcase the benefits apprentices bring to not only their organisation but the local community as well. The main objectives of the challenge are: To demonstrate the quality of apprentices/trainees employed in Ayrshire To demonstrate…

Investors in Young People Accreditation

“75% of employers surveyed said that Investors in Young People (IIYP) helped them recruit and retain young people” Recruiting and developing young people is a great way to develop a more dynamic and productive workforce and can help tackle issues such as an ageing workforce, skills gaps and shortages, talent development, succession planning and customer insight….

Food for Thought

  With today being Pancake Day (Tuesday 28th February) we felt what better way to promote careers in the baking industry than to visit award winning local bakery Brownings the Bakers. Now in its third generation, Brownings the Bakers was established in 1945 by current Managing Director John Gall’s Grandparents. Over the years the company…

Bridging the Skills Gap

  The beginning of 2017 was very exciting for Primary 5 & 6 pupils of St Andrew’s Primary in East Ayrshire as they took part in the Bridges to School project hosted by Alan White Design and Atkins Global. Bridges to Schools is a hands-on activity which enables pupils to build a 12m long cable…

“Raising Skills & Backing Business” is Lantra’s Mantra

“Modern Apprenticeships provide hands-on experience and a nationally recognised qualification. They offer lots of benefits to businesses, from having more dedicated workers to increasing business competitiveness. Modern Apprenticeships also offer trainees themselves the chance to develop their skills and a career in the sector of their choice. By combining learning in the workplace with off-the-job…

Crack the code to keep yourself cybersafe

Since being invented in 1970 the internet has dramatically changed our everyday lives; from ditching the high streets and shopping online to ‘googling’ almost anything. With statistics showing that 82% of adults use the internet on a daily basis, 70% of this usage coming through mobile smart phones, this is more than double the figure…

On the right track with QTS

  “You’ll enjoy doing a Modern Apprenticeship. You’ll meet new people and learn new skills.” Lewis Wallace, Business Administration Modern Apprentice, QTS. It was only a year ago that then 19 year old Lewis Wallace was unsure where his career was going to take him after his Skills for Employment course at Ayrshire College was…

Murrie serves up an Apprenticeship Grand Slam

“I’m working towards becoming a Scottish Para-Badminton player and have played football for Scotland’s Under 19’s Disability Team.” Murrie Robertson, Active Schools Modern Apprentice – East Ayrshire Council Almost 2 years ago, 19 year old Murrie Robertson was attending Park School in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire whilst continuing his love of sport in his spare time….

Whisky – Fuel for the Future

This month our Influencers Insights event was coordinated and hosted by The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC), and had been designed to engage science teachers, Quality Improvement Officers and career advisors in this growing sector and offered them a chance to hear from local companies working in this space. Based in Glasgow, IBioIC was launched…