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RZSS Zoo Studies Course (16 -18 year olds)


About this Event

Are you aged between 16 and 18 years old and love animals?

Then sign up for this virtual course with RZSS to learn more about the roles of zoos in CONSERVATION whilst engaging in the exciting world of BEHAVIOURAL RESEARCH, all from the comfort of your own home.

Aged 19 years or older but still interested? Click here for our 19+ event!

Broadcast from Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park in beautiful Scotland, the Zoo Studies course lasts approximately 5 days. Those that successfully complete the course will enhance their CVs by receiving a Zoo Environment Behavioural Research Award (ZEBRA) from the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS).

Tickets £50-£75

UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair

We are encouraging students to take part in UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair on the on Wednesday 17th March (12:00-18:00). This free event features over 100 universities, colleges, and apprenticeship providers from around the UK, along with 10 interactive webinars and virtual campus tours, and is aimed at years S6, S5 and S4, as well as parents. The event will provide your child with all the information they need to make informed decisions about their post-18 options.

Students, parents and carers simply need to register online at:

We recommend students and parents spend between 45 and 90 minutes at the event and can login at anytime between 12 and 6pm.

Students and parents can chat directly with a mixture of Russell Group, red brick, and modern universities from around the UK to find out invaluable information about courses, modules and life at university, and discover what admissions tutors are looking for in UCAS applications. Attendees can also speak to colleges and local and national companies about their apprenticeship schemes. Many exhibitors also offer virtual campus tours.

10 interactive webinars will run throughout the day on a variety of university and apprenticeship topics, such as UCAS Personal Statements, Careers & Employability, Student Finance, and Apprenticeships. The webinars are run by university and apprenticeship professionals who will also host Q&A sessions after the presentations. You can view the webinar timetable and presenters list using this link:

Each webinar is recorded so students can watch any of interest after the live session has taken place.

Students should aim to register in advance to receive reminder emails with new exhibitor alerts, information on how the day will work and how your child can make the most of the exhibitor interactions.

Please encourage your son or daughter to book their free place and view the exhibitor list, here: We recommend registering for the event as soon as possible to ensure students have time to prepare.

File icon: pdf Poster_17th March (1) UCAS.pdf [pdf 98KB] Click to download

The University of Edinburgh's biology-themed work experience week Science Insights Online will take place again this July, and pupils in S5 can apply now at

The programme is for pupils currently in S5 and the 60 successful applicants will spend five days (Monday 26 to Friday 30 July) following a varied programme of online activities hosted by staff and students from across the University of Edinburgh’s College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine, gaining a real insight into research and work in many different areas of biological, biomedical and animal sciences. 

Activities include: 

·         Virtual tours of scientific facilities 

·         Presentations, workshops and discussions on topics including research ethics, the use of animals in research and careers in science 

·         “Meet the researcher” sessions with University of Edinburgh PhD students and researchers 

·         Skills session to help with future university applications 

There are 60 places available for Science Insights Online and it is being promoted to all schools in Scotland. Any current S5 pupils interested in biological sciences (especially those planning to apply to Biology/ Biomedical Sciences/ Animal Science at university) are welcome to apply. To maximise participation we will also be running two webinar sessions during Science Insights week that will be open to all applicants.  

To apply for a place, pupils need to complete our online application form, which they can find on the Science Insights website:  The closing date for applications is Monday 26 April and places will be assigned in early May.  


J.P. Morgan: National 2021 Technology Summer School: Uptree Unique Placement

For S5 pupils:

There are 40 spaces available for this work placement, although Uptree will share 60 applicants with J.P. Morgan for shortlisting. All students are welcome to register, regardless of location. To be eligible you need to be available to attend the work placement between the 16th-20th August 2021. 

The applicant deadline for this opportunitiy is Sunday 7th March 2021, although this might be earlier depending on applicant numbers. If you're interested - make sure you apply straight away to avoid missing out! 

Monday, August 16, 2021 @ 9:00 AM
till Friday, August 20, 2021 @ 5:00 PM

 J.P. Morgan Offices
25 Bank Street
Canary Wharf
E14 5JP

The Scottish Wildlife Trust Virual Careers Day

The Scottish Wildlife Trust will be holding a Virtual Careers Day on Friday 12 March 3pm-5pm. The event will be for young people aged 13-18 and will provide a chance for them to hear about the different roles In a conservation organisation, the pathways into them, and how they could get started on a career in conservation.

More info and how to register can be found here -


#DYWDG has teamed up with content producers and VR specialists, Battle Stations to provide a unique #workexperience opportunity!

If you are 16-24 year old, based in D&G and interested in contributing ideas and content for our you tube channel #DYWFlix then get in touch. 

Whether you’re interested in presenting, writing, producing, interviewing, reporting, tech roles, directing, VR skills ... the sky really is the limit.

Please email to take part.

Trainee Producers - Big Burn Supper

We’re hiring 12 Trainee Producers aged between 16-24 for a six month traineeship in creativity, festival management and community place-making.

Each trainee will be paid 25 hours per week at minimum wage, and take part in a transformational programme that will kick-start their progression routes to the future.

It will be the biggest creative industries training programme ever to run in South of Scotland, bringing together 40 different practitioners who will mentor and cultivate the energy of our next generation of producers and artists.

You don’t need much experience to take part, other than a burning passion for creativity,  and your place in the world.  You don’t need to have bags of confidence or self-esteem, we are interested in your voice and your particular sense of creativeness. We are looking for young people who are interested in art,  performing or fancy producing events in the future.

We are currently looking for expressions of interest from young people who would like to be included in the selection process.   We are particularly keen to hear from young people who feel like they miss out on opportunities or are from under-represented groups.

If you would like to find out about our Producers of the Future programme that has run over the last decade, click here

Training will take place in Dumfries, with some training and seminars delivered online.  Travel expenses to Dumfries will be supported for young people from South of Scotland.

Trainees will work 25 hours per week which is expected to run from 10th May – 12th November 2021.  This will be confirmed shortly.

Expression of interest closes on Friday 26th March at 5pm.

You can register for yourself, or someone you know.  We will contact potential candidates individually to tell them about the selection process and how they can apply.



#DYWDG is excited to present the first in a brand new series with partners, Dumfries JobCentre Plus and DWP as we take our hugely successful ‘OPEN DOORS’ recruitment events online for 2021.

Broadcasting live on #DYWFlix on Saturday, March 20th 2021, the show will be an interactive ‘Kickstart’ special and will feature several of the many businesses across the region that have actual job vacancies on offer to young people as part of the campaign.

Aimed at 16-24 year olds, viewers will be able to pose questions live via the shows comments section to businesses taking part or about the ‘Kickstart’ initiative itself.

More news about guests appearing on the show will appear on the DYW Dumfries&Galloway facebook page over the next few weeks.

Subscribe and set a viewer’s reminder today!

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The Institution of Civil Engineers Video Clips

We’ve got four new video clips on our YouTube channel from civil engineers who have done Modern Apprenticeships, Graduate Apprenticeships or both, talking about their journey and the difference an apprenticeship made to them:-

Gavin Smith - “Without apprenticeships, I would never have got to where I am today” - hear about Gavin’s journey through his Graduate Apprenticeship

Ross Tweedie - Ross was “a bit lost after school” and didn’t know which path to take. A Modern Apprenticeship let him see he was on the right path for his career as a civil engineer

Kirsty Smith - Kirsty has done both Modern & Graduate Apprenticeships and has loved being able to gain valuable work experience alongside her academic qualifications

Ross Meechan – Ross has found his Apprenticeship experiences invaluable throughout his career – hear how he has progressed from civil engineering apprentice to managing his own site