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 youth employability concerns with initiatives such as the Kickstart Scheme, Step Up Glasgow, My Climate Path, Climate Heroes and Digital Critical Friends.
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.Find out more
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.Find out more
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.Find out more
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.Find out more
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.Find out more