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#STEMWest2020 Is Here!

#STEMWest2020 Is Here!

Over the course of this week, keep an eye on our socials as we've got some excellent content in store for #STEMWest2020 from the West Region's most amazing employers!

Here's who you can expect to hear from:

  • Advanced Forming Research Centre
  • Babcock
  • Diodes
  • Institute of Civil Engineers
  • Doosan
  • Kier Group
  • Lantra
  • National Manufacturing Institute Scotland
  • Scottish Leather Group
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Aggreko
  • Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Royal Bank of Scotland

Tune in Monday-Thursday this week to hear more about apprenticeships, careers, routes into employment, skills, qualities & qualifications as well as some hands-on activities and experiments and much more!

If you want to get involved on social media, just use the hashtag #STEMWest2020 and tag us!


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STEM West 2020

STEM West 2020

Every year for the last 3 years, over 500 school pupils have travelled to West College Scotland’s Clydebank campus in November to talk to employers about how they can take their first steps in a career in STEM.

STEM West is Developing the Young Workforce West Region’s flagship annual event. As you can imagine, this year we won’t be able to host it in person given the current climate. So, with that in mind, we’ve decided to put together a series of videos, each one focused on each aspect of STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths. These videos would be released on W/C 23rd November over 4 days (Monday-Thursday).

Our aim is to make STEM West as relevant and insightful as always and to do that we need your help! We’re looking for employers to get involved with the video series we’re creating and educate young people on STEM careers by providing them with more information on how they can start their career in a STEM industry.

If your business comes under one of the STEM categories, we’d love for you to contribute by talking a bit about what your business does, what skills, qualities & qualifications a young person might need to work there, typical routes into employment (i.e. apprenticeships etc) and what types of opportunities you may currently have or will have in the future. Your segment could be made more engaging by offering to do an activity or demonstration that could be easily followed along in a classroom!


Video Specifications:

  • We’re aiming for these employer segments to last 7-9 minutes
  • Content does not need to be professionally shot, iPhone footage is fine as long as sound quality is good enough and it’s shot in landscape mode
  • Pre-existing company footage would be excellent (could be on-site footage or interview footage for example)

In short, if you know someone in your organisation that you think would be good in front of camera, we’d love to hear what they have to say about the topics mentioned before: company bio, skills & qualities, routes into employment, qualifications, opportunity types and, if possible, an activity or demonstration.

We appreciate that many of you may still be working from home without access to company premises but if you have pre-existing content that’s relevant then you could still contribute! It would allow your business to be showcased in every school we support across our 4 Local Authority Areas and would be a great way to get your name out to all schools and highlight career options that are available.

Our main audience is S3/S4 but it can sometimes be slightly younger or older. If you have content that would be suitable for this age group then please let us know.

We would request that all video content be provided by October 31st to allow sufficient editing time prior to video release. Those interested, please email fraser.woods@dywwest.co.uk!


Spread The Word

We’re putting together a campaign pack to help you spread the STEM word across social media. This pack will include example social media posts & graphics for each individual video!

If you want to help get the word out then please contact fraser.woods@dywwest.co.uk to get your campaign pack.

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University of Strathclyde Engineering Academy

University of Strathclyde Engineering Academy

The University of Strathclyde Engineering Academy offers an alternative route into an Engineering degree. The first year is an enhanced HNC programme which is taught at one of seven partner colleges and allows for a direct transfer into a variety of degree programmes.

After your first year is completed, you may transfer into a variety of degree courses in one of the following departments:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical & Process Engineering
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Design, Manufacture, & Engineering Management
  • Electronic & Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering



You will be required to have four Highers at BBBB which must include Maths and Physics. Higher Chemistry is also required for entry to Chemical Engineering and for entry to Biomedical Engineering you will need to have Higher Biology or Human biology.

Certain applicants may be eligible for a lower offer, minimum entry requirements are BBCC.



Applications should be made via UCAS, the UCAS admissions code is oBRT, there is no need to complete a separate application for the HNC programme delivered within the college.

Michael Spiers studied Mechanical Engineering with Materials Engineering via the Engineering Academy, here’s what he had to say:

“I had not achieved what I would have hoped in my Higher Maths and Physics. This was a big blow to my aspirations of studying Mechanical Engineering and the University of Strathclyde as the BEng course stipulated that an A in these subjects was a must. The Engineering Academy presented an alternative route to the highly sought after MAE department at Strathclyde that I could pursue. On top of this, the opportunity to work in industry throughout the degree appealed to me. The Engineering Academy looked like the place to be in terms of transitioning smoothly from full-time education to a career in the sector.”

Michael is now working with GeoSea as an offshore Project Engineer based in Belgium.


For more information, see attached documents and visit https://www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/studywithus/engineeringacademy/

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