05 Apr 2018
A partnership between DELL and Springburn Academy is set to encourage more young people to consider a career within the technology industry.
Delivered as part of the Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Glasgow Schools and Business Partnership the mentoring scheme, will work with 16 second year students who have expressed an interest in working within the tech sector.
Councillor Angus Millar, Depute City Convener for Economic Growth, was in attendance at the latest mentoring session at DELL to find out more about the scheme.
The partnership stemmed from DYW Glasgow’s Girls Go Digital event in 2017, a wider programme of work delivered to 50 S2 students to address the number of women in digital and tech jobs.
Eight attendees of the event, alongside another eight young students selected by DELL, will be paired with a mentor with the goal of moving onto a foundation apprenticeship with the company upon completion of the project.
Hosted by the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, DYW Glasgow is the Scottish Government’s national strategy for strengthening links between schools and businesses. It aims to better prepare children and young adults for the world of work, with a target of reducing youth unemployment by 40% by 2021.
Councillor Angus Millar, Glasgow City Council’s depute city convener for economic growth, said: “It really stands out to see so many young women showing an interest in tech and digital. Our current technology workforce is over 80% male and initiatives like this mentoring project are important to changing that.
“Digital is the future and it’s fundamentally changing our economy and the way we operate. It’s vital that the younger generation, and indeed people of all ages, are equipped with the skills to deal with this and take advantage of the opportunities digital can bring.”
Varry McMenemy, partnership lead at DELL, said: “It’s fantastic to see the students come together with their mentors and watch as their passion and interest for the industry starts to grow.
“A huge thanks to Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow for linking us with Springburn Academy, helping us to create a better link with education.
“It is our hope that we can continue to work with young people to inspire and educate on what the industry has to offer, feeding into the talent acquisition pipeline.”
Alison McRae, Senior Director at Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “To see partnerships like this one come together is a great example of how businesses can work with local schools to create better opportunities for both our young people and the business community.
“We are constantly looking at ways to reduce youth employment. With the links created between schools and businesses, it is our hope that we can encourage young people to look at the many ways of entering Glasgow’s diverse workforce.”