Lockhart Campus Project Launch


DYW Ayrshire were invited to Lockhart Campus on Friday, 22nd April to celebrate the launch of three of their Innovative School Projects; Beekeeping, Horticulture and Barista.

In attendance was also the parents/carers of pupils, DYW Ayrshire Chair and Walter Smith. Together, we were all welcomed to the launch by John Herd, Lockhart Campus DHT, who gave us an introduction and showed us how the projects have benefit pupils within the school. We then received a speech from DYW Ayrshire Chair, Lorna Gibson, before hearing from the pupils themselves. The pupils talked us through the projects with a presentation showing the work they've been doing with these projects.

The official opening then took place with a ribbon cutting before we received performances from the pupils in the choir who sang Tomorrow - Annie, What makes you beautiful - One Direction, This is me - The Greatest Showman and a solo of This is the Life by pupil Leon Doyle.

The pupils involved in the Beekeeping Project were able to create handmade soap and candles to sell as well as jars of honey. We were also kindly offered honey samples on this day. Hot drinks and biscuits were provided from the Barista and the pupils gave a tour of their Horticulture garden and showcased the work they have been doing and plan to do in the near future. With this project, they had created bird houses, different plants and other garden decorations to sell.

This was a very successful project launch. Well done to everyone on their hard work on each of these projects and those involved on this fantastic day!

Sector Spotlight - Construction

Sector Spotlight – March 2022

Our March Sector Spotlight had a focus on the Construction sector. Throughout the month we featured videos alongside various resources for a young person to find out more about careers and pathways within the this sector.

The businesses who supported our campaign throughout the month of March were Training First Safety, Menzies and Sons, Morgan Sindall and Ayrshire College. These businesses provided career insights by showcasing their jobs, what they do and how to get started in this industry.

Another great source of job role information is the PlanitPlus and the My World of Work Website which is a useful platform for young people to connect their skills and interests to different job roles. We featured job information on some of the roles involved in the Construction sector. As well as this, the Princes Trust, CSCS and Ayrshire College provided useful resources to showcase the current jobs and courses available within this sector whilst highlighting the different activities within each job role that falls into Construction.

You can catch up on our past DYW Ayrshire Sector Spotlight’s by visiting the news page on our website or by following the hashtag #DYWSectorSpotlight on social media.

Queen Margaret Academy Careers Fair 2022

On Wednesday, 30th March, we attended a careers fair at Queen Margaret Academy.

In attendance we had 28 businesses who came along to talk to senior phase pupils about their organisations and how young people can pursue a career with them. This was a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn about the different areas of work across a variety of industry sectors!

The DYW Ayrshire team also had discussions with businesses about future engagements, as all businesses were looking to continue their support in other forms; hosting work experience placements, offering workplace visits, offering to host mock interviews. The support we received on the day of the event and for the future was overwhelming and we are grateful to all of the businesses for their ongoing support.

Thank you to the following who volunteered to come along to this event and made it a success:

J&D Pierce, Booth Welsh, NHS, DSM, Linear Design & Construction, Hub South West, Ashleigh Scotland, Morgan Sindall, Woodward, Neogen, SAC Employability & Skills, William Duncan, Ayr Gaiety, UWS, RAF, Tesco, Regency Clean, GE Caledonian, Egger, Army, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, Wlildpacks, Break the Silence, South Ayrshire Council and Buzzworks.