Nearly 400 young people coming to jobs roadshow

Around 30 employers coming to Midlothian careers event

Around 30 employers, including the Scottish Government, Edinburgh Airport and Apex Hotels will be coming along to a Midlothian-wide roadshow for local young people.

The event is organised by the DYW regional group

Organised by Developing the Young Workforce (DYW), Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian, the event for school pupils and young people up to age 24 years, is at Newbattle Abbey College on Wednesday 1 March between 09:30 and 12:30.

The aim of the group is to get young people into 'positive destinations'

Developing the Young Workforce, Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy; asks business to be more involved in shaping and recruiting youth talent.

We want all school leavers to go into work, training, volunteering or education

 Hosted at Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, DYW Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian is the business led regional group. Its aim is that eventually all young  people in the region will leave school and go on to what’s known as a positive destination, for example, an apprenticeship, work, further and higher education, training or volunteering.

Around 370 pupils coming along

Midlothian Council’s cabinet member for education, Councillor Bob Constable said: “Around 370 of our pupils from all of our secondary schools will get the chance to discuss career opportunities with some of the best employers in the UK.

Many of the companies have career opportunities

“Many of the firms coming along have jobs or other career opportunities on offer  for when the pupils leave school so this is a great chance for our pupils, staff and businesses to help create a skilled workforce for Scotland’s future.“

Last year more than 300 young people were matched into vacancies

Last year was the first time the DYW regional group held three careers events in Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian. In total around 850 young people came along and over 300 young people were matched into vacancies following the roadshows.

DYW also launched an online tool to build business and schools' connections

Last year, DYW also launched Marketplace, an online tool that makes it easy for you to build connections with schools and colleges.

Businesses can share their knowledge through workshops, talks, workplace visits, or even competitions.

More about how your business can get involved

For more information on the DYW regional group and the careers event contact the DYW programme manager Michelle Fenwick:

23 Feb 2017