Skills and Employment Support | Glasgow Chamber of Commerce

Skills and Employment Support

Supported by the Glasgow Employment and Skills Board, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce is committed developing programmes to support employment, skills and training in Glasgow. Using our insights and experience from over five years of delivering the successful Scottish Government funded Developing the Young Workforce (DYW Glasgow) programme which works to build links between industry and education, Glasgow Chamber has responded to employment and skills concerns with initiatives such as
Digital Critical Friends, Climate Heroes, My Climate Path, Step Up to Net Zero, the Kickstart Scheme and Step Up Glasgow.

 

Recruitment Support

Drawing from our experience from initiatives such as DYW Glasgow, The Kickstart Scheme, Step Up Glasgow and Step Up to Net Zero we have a wide range of services that we now offer to support your business.

 

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Skill the Gap

Skills are at the heart of Glasgow’s regional economic strategy. A highly skilled workforce is critical to the region’s economic success however the region currently has significant skills gaps and skills shortages, and high levels of skills under-utilisation. Skill the Gap will provide delegates with information from businesses and experts from across the region on how they are meeting demands in labour shortages, accessing funding and addressing the needs for future skills.

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Digital Critical Friends

In response to the Logan Review, DYW Glasgow has developed the Digital Critical Friends initiative in collaboration with  ScotlandIS.  This ensures that every secondary school Glasgow City Region will have a senior tech expert from a leading technology business at their disposal. The aim of this legacy building initiative is to ensure that young people have an increased awareness of digital career opportunities.

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Climate Heroes

Climate Heroes is a DYW initiative which identifies Climate Heroes from industry partners and passionate individuals to showcase the skills required for our young people to enter the jobs of the future through real-life examples. It is a crucial time for young people looking to get into employment after the detrimental impact that the pandemic has had on their job prospects and we need to promote green jobs of the future.

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My Climate Path

My Climate Path is a COP26 education legacy initiative created by DYW Glasgow, with DYW Lanarkshire & East Dunbartonshire and DYW West, supported by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and funded by Scottish Government. It supports the Young Person's Guarantee commitment to provide every 16-24 year old in Scotland with an opportunity that will positively impact their future.

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Step Up to Net Zero

Step Up to Net Zero will support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with the tools they need to develop and drive forward action plans to maximise value of products, services and systems and minimise waste, within their business. It will also offer opportunities to upskill and retrain staff while helping businesses in their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint and grow green profits.

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The Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme was set up at the outset of the pandemic when it was feared that youth unemployment would more than double. Gateway organisations created an infrastructure of approved hubs to ease engagement of local business and young people for placements both from an administrative and a practical level. Local Authorities and Chambers of Commerce were considered key to this ambition.

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Step Up Glasgow

In early 2021, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce launched a programme exclusively for Glasgow’s young people and businesses - Step Up Glasgow. This programme offered incentives to employers to create job opportunities for recent school leavers with 100% of wages funded. This was delivered in partnership with Glasgow City Council to support the young people in Glasgow into employment.

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