West Dunbartonshire Council’s Employability Skills Programme uses a personalised approach to offer all pupils a placement which will support their transition into work, training or further / higher education.
Our Employability Skills Programme supports many of recommendations within 'Developing Scotland's Young Workforce' (DYW). It aims to give senior pupils the opportunity to:
Our programme is sector leading and the flexible nature of the programme is very successful. This was recognised at 2015's COSLA Excellence Awards where the team won silver.
Pupils meet with school based Senior Phase Officers who discuss meaningful employability opportunities. These opportunities aim to enhance and develop key skills and knowledge, to help pupils make decisions about their next steps towards higher / further education, training or employment.
Employability experiences can take place in a variety of ways:
The type and duration of placement depends on the needs of the young person and the working environment they wish to learn more about. For example, local construction businesses working with pupils studying National 5 Construction Skills.
The Employability Skills Programme also supports:
We have formed excellent working partnerships with local and multinational employers, including Procurator Fiscal, Aggreko, Morgan Sindall, NHS and The Golden Jubilee. Our own council is a key partner in the delivery of our programme, with strong partnerships in place with nurseries, schools, Greenspace, construction and ICT.
The team will continue to develop links that will support better qualified, work ready and motivated young people with skills relevant to modern employment opportunities, both as employees and entrepreneurs of the future.
If you are an Employer and would like to get involved to support our programme, please contact the Employability Skills Team.
To find out more about the Employability Skills Programme you can contact the Education Support Officer who oversees the programme, Susie Byrne on 07508 520894 or 01389 776954.
Schools will contact parents directly about opportunities for their young people to enhance their skills for work, as they become available.
If you are looking for more information in relation to a specific school, please contact:
Elaine McMurray for Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School
Elaine Roberts for Vale of Leven Academy
Jan Connie for Dumbarton Academy, Kilpatrick School and The Choices Programme