The Spa at Lochside

Situated 20 miles South of Kilmarnock, The Spa at Lochside offers a perfect blend of tranquillity and luxury set in acres of beautiful countryside. Opening only 5 years ago it has experienced continued success and the team at Lochside pride themselves on delivering excellent customer service to each and every one of their clients. The…

Constructing skills for the future

  Ashleigh Scotland (Ltd) is a Private Limited Construction company based in South West and Central Scotland who deliver a range of new build and refurbishment projects. Over the past few months they have been involved in a Construction Partnership Project with S3 Belmont Academy pupils in conjunction with Ayrshire College to give pupils an…

Be the architect of your own success

  Wednesday 12th October marks Day 3 of Work Experience Week 2016 and today we are focussing on work experience opportunities within the local architectural industry. In order to find out more about this niche industry we visited ARPL architects in Ayr, South Ayrshire and spoke with Director Rebecca Cadie to hear what she had…

Boots feel good about Work Experience

  Today is Day 2 of Work Experience Week and another great opportunity to highlight the importance of local businesses offering young people a quality work experience placement. According to Education Scotland, “Work placements should enable young people to experience a relevant, challenging, enjoyable and appropriate learning experience within the contemporary workplace. A placement should…

Work Experience Week

What better way to highlight the importance of businesses offering work experience placements for young people than doing so through Work Experience Week which takes place this week between 10th – 14th October 2016! Here at Developing the Young Workforce Ayrshire, one of our Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) is to increase the number of businesses…

The Joiner, The Bricklayer and The Business Coordinator

“We encourage a positive and progressive approach resulting in sustainable aims and an award-winning service. We have a focus on investment in people, skills and resources backed up by sound management Ashleigh provides innovation and service excellence.” – Douglas Small, Joint Managing Director For National Tradesman Day  we visited Ashleigh Scotland in Prestwick.  Ashleigh Scotland…

A Design for Life

  S5 & S6 Graphic Communication pupils from St Matthews Academy in Saltcoats were delighted to be given a real life business experience when Malachy Ryan, Managing Director of Alan White Design in Kilmarnock, invited them into their office to see Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Structural Testing in action. During their visit to Alan…

Sound Advice

“Within Scotland there are 945,000 people who are deaf or hard of hearing with an estimated 1 in 6 of the general population having some degree of hearing loss” Have you or your business ever considered employing a young person who may be deaf or hard of hearing? The ‘Moving On’ Transitions Project supports young…

Rags to Wags

 Being a dog groomer isn’t all about cuddling dogs and puppies. With it being the annual celebration of National Dog Day, we met up with Grace Campbell, Business Owner of K9 Care Centre – Just for Dogs in Maybole, Ayrshire. Grace has worked in the animal care industry and dog grooming sector for over thirty…

A shake up call

clickin “I started the business when I was 12 because I was too young to get a paper round” Zac Burinski – Founder of Flava Shaka Zac, an ambitious and enthusiastic pupil from Cumnock Academy in East Ayrshire has become a local success story due to his determination and entrepreneurial mind set to start up…

Sugar & Spice and all things nice

“I started the business with only a few hundred pounds and had no experience of retail. Over the years I invested my profits back into the business and now specialise in handmade chocolates, gift confectionery, premium spirits and my own brand of ice cream, Geraldo’s, which is manufactured on site.” Toni Dawson, Sugar & Spice…

Tee off your Career

As the drive to compete for the famous Claret Jug comes to an end, we congratulate Champion Golfer of the Year, Henrik Stenson. We’re now reflecting on the week of The Open and focusing on the major operation behind the scenes involving some of Ayrshire’s young people. Developing the Young Workforce, Ayrshire teamed up with…