By Sea, By Land: The Royal Marines Commandos

“I can’t give you a rational explanation.” These are the words of a fresh-faced 23-year-old when I asked why he wanted to join the Royal Marines. The previous day, I had watched this incredibly fit young man go through a multi-stage fitness test, where 3 of his fellow potential recruits dropped out. Sitting in the…

Here’s Jonny

Jonny Faulkner, S4 pupil at Belmont Academy, completes his weeks work experience placement at the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce in Prestwick. Here’s what he has to say! My Name is Jonny Faulkner and I am in S4 at Belmont Academy. I really enjoy business at school and wanted to go the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce…

Work Placement Pupil Shares Her Experience

Faye Ronald, S4 pupil at Stewarton Academy, completed her weeks work experience placement at UTC in Prestwick. Here’s what she has to say. My name is Faye Ronald and I am in S4 at Stewarton Academy.  I had an interest in the Engineering and Physics fields before I attended my work experience at UTC but…

Trading Places

National Tradesperson Day 2017 To celebrate National Tradesperson Day, we visited two of Ashleigh Building’s project sites in Ardrossan and Saltcoats to get a better understanding of a day in the life of a tradesman. Ashleigh Building is a private Limited construction company established in 2001 and their principal business activity is construction.  They are…

A Career in Hospitality

Hospitality is a growing industry, especially in Ayrshire. Those who work in the industry have an important part to play making sure that visitors have a tremendous experience. We recently visited Garfield’s Tapas and Wine Bar in Ardrossan to meet with Chef Darren Fisher and General Catering Assistant’s Jodie McNamaraa and Chloe Mcgovern. We met…

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…