The latest issue of the DYW Orkney newsletter has been published.
This issue includes an invitation to attend an employer's event we are hosting in May, details about our new website and an appeal for STEM Ambassadors to get in touch with us.
You can read the newsletter below.
Local employers are invited to book their place at an event that will help them learn more about recruiting apprentices and attracting young people to their workforce.
Hosted by Remarkable, on behalf of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and in partnership with Developing the Young Workforce Orkney, this will be an opportunity for local employers to hear from some of the organisations who can help them recruit young people into their business and learn more about accessing the opportunities available to develop new or existing employees.
Pupils at Kirkwall Grammar School were treated to a culinary treat today (Wednesday 24 April) with a live cookery demonstration during their lunch break.
In partnership with Archive Coffee, staff from the Hospitality Department at Orkney College UHI set up a stand in the school foyer during lunchtime to showcase the skills needed for a career in the hospitality industry.
Today is the last day of the Easter break and as everyone gets ready to return to school tomorrow, many pupils will be preparing for their exams, which start on Thursday (25 April 2019).
Some will have used their holidays to revise and go through some past papers, while others may only now be getting ready for their exams and fitting in some last minute study. Whatever approach is taken, everyone is likely to be suffering some stress and anxiety about the impending exams and not just pupils, but their parents and teachers too.
An initiative which has been set up to help young people prepare for the world of work has launched a new website to support young people as they identify their next step after school.
As part of our Sector Spotlight on Aquaculture and Fisheries, we have spoken to Fiona Matheson, the Secretary to Orkney Fisheries Association. Fiona never knew what it was she wanted to do as a career, only that she wanted to make a difference where she saw things were unfair to people.
As part of our Sector Spotlight on Aquaculture and Fisheries, we have spoken to Cara Duncan, a Fisheries Researcher at Orkney Fisheries Association. Cara studied Zoology and for her Master’s Degree she specialised in shellfish research, which brought her to Orkney for her dissertation. Since then Cara has worked in research for local companies in Orkney.
As part of our Sector Spotlight on Aquaculture and Fisheries, we have spoken to Harry Baird, a Modern Apprentice Marine Engineer at Scottish Sea Farms Ltd. After secondary school, Harry decided that university was not for him so he applied for jobs and was later offered a job as an Apprentice Engineer.
As part of our Sector Spotlight on Aquaculture and Fisheries, we have spoken to Fiona MacInnes, the General Manager of the Orkney Fishermen’s Society. Her career journey has included being a full-time mum and working in finance for local authority, an accountancy firm and Orkney Fishermen’s Society before gaining her role as General Manager.
As part of our Sector Spotlight on Aquaculture and Fisheries, we have spoken to Rhona Robertson, a Fish Health Assistant and Laboratory Co-ordinator with Cooke Aquaculture Scotland. Rhona studied Biological Sciences and has worked in research, water quality testing, fish health and diagnostics.
An exciting opportunity is currently being offered to local people to undertake an Oil and Gas Technical Apprenticeship at the Flotta Oil Terminal.
This is a chance to take part in the Oil and Gas Technical Apprenticeship Programme (OGTAP), which is one of the most successful in the country with a 96% employment rate on completion of the scheme.
In our final Sector Spotlight on Tourism, we speak to Vita Colborn-Veitch, an Entrepreneur and Collaborator at Island Smart and Orkney Island Tours. Her career journey has included studying Law at university and working in the tourism industry in various roles.
iDesign are advertising for a Junior Designer/Print Finisher to join their team.
This is an ideal opportunity for someone who is about to, or has recently, qualified within the design field, or a school-leaver who is looking for a career in design.
The role will see you working in graphic design and other areas of design, printing/finishing a wide variety of products and working closely with the rest of the team.
If you are able to bring creative ideas to the team, have an eye for attention to details and able to work in a busy environment and meet deadlines, this could be the job for you.
On-the-job training will be provided to the successful applicant. You can view the full advert below.
You can apply in writing to Isla Rosie, iDesign, Isbister Bros. Ltd., Quoyloo. Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3LT, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for applications is Friday 26 April 2019.
Continuing our Sector Spotlight on Tourism, today we hear from Nikki Wylie, who is a Tour Guide and Bar and Production Operative for The Orkney Distillery and Visitor Centre. Her career journey has included university, working in a bank and working in wine, whiskey and gin production and sales.
We have posted this week's Jobs of the Week - you can view them at the link below.
In the third of our Sector Spotlight on Tourism posts, we have spoken to Claire Johnstone, who is a Visitor Service Advisor for Visit Scotland and is based in the Kirkwall iCentre. Claire started her job as a summer position after she finished university. Her contract was extended which allowed her to take a year out before progressing to a Master’s Degree.
As part of our Sector Spotlight on Tourism, we have spoken to Susanne Carter, a Cruise Co-ordinator for Ship2shore Orkney. Her career journey has included Veterinary Nursing and customer service roles in retail, hospitals, catering and for an airline.
As part of our Sector Spotlight on Tourism, we have spoken to Jo Jones, a self-employed Tourist Guide who has her own business - Personalised Orkney Tours. Her career journey has included Teaching, Finance and Tourism. Jo speaks English and French fluently and is qualified to give tours in both of these languages.
As a guest writer to the DYW Orkney blog, Alex Stevenson explains his reasons for undertaking an internship last summer and how it benefitted him.
We attended the Orkney Areas Finals of the Young Enterprise competition which were held at Orkney College on Thursday 4 April 2019, where teams from Stromness Academy and Kirkwall Grammar School competed to represent Orkney at the Scottish Finals in Edinburgh.
Next week, we will be kicking off a new social media campaign which will shine a spotlight on some of the jobs available in different employment sectors in Orkney.
The ‘Sector Spotlight’ campaign will run throughout the year, during school holidays, and each week we will focus on a different sector and some of the jobs available in it. We will be speaking to different people about their job, asking them to describe a typical day, what the best and worst thing about their job is and what skills and qualifications they need to do their job.
This is a great chance to learn about the variety of jobs available in Orkney and start thinking how your skills and interests can be used in a future job.
Keep a look out on this website and our social media pages next week for our first ever Sector Spotlight posts.