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DG DYW: Job Opportunities: Finance Officer

The D&G Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with D&G College and the Local Authority, has won a three year, £590k contract to establish a  Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) D&G Regional Group under the terms of the Scottish Government Commission led by Sir Ian Wood.  

The primary aim of the contract is to “promote and facilitate the formation of long term partnerships between individual schools, colleges and employers, and bring employer’s input to activity such as career advice, enterprise education and job search skills in schools".

The contract is an real opportunity to make a positive difference to the future prospects of young people in Dumfries and Galloway.

As a result of this contract we are seeking new members to join us based at both ChamberHQ and our new Stranraer Office

Three job roles are being advertised:

  • Programme Manager (based in Stranraer) (Full time      - salary up to £32,784) 
  • Programme Manager (based in Dumfries) (Full time -      salary up to £32,784) 
  • Finance Administrator (based in Dumfries (part time one day a      week) (£3500 p.a.)

All contracts are up to the end of September 2018, closing date for applications is 7pm on Friday Feburary 5th 2016.

More information on the Finance Officer post is located below:

If you are interested in the post, you are welcome to contact Brian Richardson, the CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 07714662508.

To apply please send a covering letter and CV:

Via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or by hard copy to:

DG DYW

DGChamber

Hillhead House

Crichton Campus

Bankend Road

Dumfries

DG1 4UQ

 

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Job Title:      Finance Administrator

Part time one day a week - salary £3500

Three year contract to end of September 2018

Reporting to:  DYW Projects Director (Brian Richardson)

           

Job Description

You will be primarily responsible for monitoring the budgets and as directed by the Projects Director.

 

This is a key support role as part of the Projects Team at D&G Chamber of Commerce Dumfries office. The role requires the ability to act responsively and creatively to multiple requests from a small team.

You will report directly to the Project Director and provide financial reports and analysis for the D&G DYW Board.

Responsibilities:

  •         Producing the monthly management accounts
  •         Monitoring regional budgets
  •         Handling all expense claims
  •         Dealing with enquiries
  •         Compiling information for written reports to the DYW Board
  •         Helping to define and monitor audit trails to Government standards of financial probity
  •         Liaising with key partner organisations as appropriate
  •         Enthusiastic and self-motivated
  •         Excellent interpersonal skills
  •         Experience of data systems and financial budget packages
  •         Strong team worker
  •         Sound organisational skills and ability to work under pressure and deliver to tight deadlines
  •         Good attention to detail
  •         A qualification in a related subject
  •         Previous experience in an office environment
  •         Experience of RUBI and Xero software

Person specification

 

   

Essential     

  •         Enthusiastic and self-motivated
  •         Excellent interpersonal skills
  •         Experience of data systems and financial budget packages
  •         Strong team worker
  •         Sound organisational skills and ability to work under pressure and deliver to tight deadlines
  •         Good attention to detail

 

Desirable

  •         A qualification in a related subject
  •         Previous experience in an office environment

Experience of RUBI and Xero software

DG DYW: Job Opportunities: Project Manager West

The D&G Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with D&G College and the Local Authority, has won a three year, £590k contract to establish a  Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) D&G Regional Group under the terms of the Scottish Government Commission led by Sir Ian Wood.  

The primary aim of the contract is to “promote and facilitate the formation of long term partnerships between individual schools, colleges and employers, and bring employer’s input to activity such as career advice, enterprise education and job search skills in schools".

The contract is an real opportunity to make a positive difference to the future prospects of young people in Dumfries and Galloway.

As a result of this contract we are seeking new members to join us based at our new Stranraer Office

The job role being advertised:

  • Programme Manager (based in Stranraer) (Full time      - salary up to £32,784) 

The contract runs up to the end of September 2018, closing date for applications is 7pm on Friday April 22nd 2016.

More information on the Programme Manager post is located below:

 If you are interested in the post, you are welcome to contact Brian Richardson, the CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 07714662508.

To apply please send a covering letter and CV:

Via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or by hard copy to:

DG DYW

DGChamber

Hillhead House

Crichton Campus

Bankend Road

Dumfries

DG1 4UQ

 

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Job description for the D&G Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Regional Programme Manager West

Job Title:           DYW Regional Programme Manager

Full time - salary up to £32,784

Three year contract to end of September 2018

Reporting to:  DYW Projects Director (Brian Richardson)

Job Description

The main function of the role will be to support the Project Director in the effective delivery of the D&G DYW employer led programme. You will be actively involved in a regionalised employer led programme of work supported by a small team within the D&G Chamber of Commerce. 

The overall aim of the DYW team is to achieve the Key Performance Indicators set out in the regional DYW plan and agreed with the National DYW Panel. The team roles are demanding, externally facing and highly inclusive. It is an excellent opportunity to deliver innovative and potentially high profile projects activity within the business community and work in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders.

As a regional manager you will be responsible for all aspects of programme development in a specified geographical area of Dumfries and Galloway.  You will be actively involved in strategic planning with schools, colleges and employers and have responsibility for delivery on the ground.  The planned programme of work involves and the establishment of best practice in selected schools and colleges. Once established, the best practice will be rolled out across sixteen schools and two colleges in the D&G region.

Responsibilities:

  •         Establishing employer clusters around schools and ensuring engagement in the employability agenda.
  •         Producing an inclusive best practice solution within your region that allows input from other stakeholders in the field of employability.
  •         Acting as secretariat and supporter of the local employer cluster group.
  •         Supporting the leaders of the regional cluster groups to deliver agreed KPIs.
  •         Representing the regional groups at relevant strategic forums.
  •         Connecting with key stakeholders in the selected region.
  •         Working with the wider team to deliver an excellent programme of work improving youth employment outcomes across the region. An inclusive approach is vital.
  •         Delivering any other relevant duties that may be required.
  •         Educated to degree level or have equivalent work experience
  •         Excellent interpersonal skills
  •         Experience managing programmes of work including managing public sector funding
  •         Evidence of strong stakeholder engagement
  •         Experience of delivering challenging KPIs
  •         Clear evidence of ability to support private sector employers to navigate the public sector system
  •         Self-starter and ability to work with limited supervision in a small team
  •         Ability to identify gaps and opportunities, creating solutions and acting upon these in a proactive and engaging manner
  •         Sound organisational skills and ability to work under pressure and deliver to tight deadlines with minimal resources
  •         A passion for playing a role in making a difference to Dumfries and Galloway by working directly with the business community in partnership with key stakeholders
  •         Experience of at least one of the following - education, youth training, apprenticeships and award frameworks
  •         Experience of working within Community Planning Structure
  •         Knowledge and understanding of Dumfries and Galloway’s economic issues

Person specification                                                                            

Essential                                                                             

  •         Educated to degree level or have equivalent work experience
  •         Excellent interpersonal skills
  •         Experience managing programmes of work including managing public sector funding
  •         Evidence of strong stakeholder engagement
  •         Experience of delivering challenging KPIs
  •         Clear evidence of ability to support private sector employers to navigate the public sector system
  •         Self-starter and ability to work with limited supervision in a small team
  •         Ability to identify gaps and opportunities, creating solutions and acting upon these in a proactive and engaging manner
  •         Sound organisational skills and ability to work under pressure and deliver to tight deadlines with minimal resources

Desirable

  •         Experience of at least one of the following - education, youth training, apprenticeships and award frameworks
  •         Experience of working within Community Planning Structure
  •         Knowledge and understanding of Dumfries and Galloway’s economic issues

Praise in Parliament for Dumfries HGV Training

Dumfries and Galloway companies Nithcree Training and Currie European were praised in the Scottish Parliament this week for their efforts to encourage more people to train as HGV drivers.

Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, cited the companies’ experience in a debate highlighting the skills shortages in the haulage industry.

Ms McAlpine, who visited Nithcree in advance of her speech,  highlighted the frustrations in accessing funding for training and licenses, and the economic impacts driver shortages cause local businesses.

During the debate Ms McAlpine said:

“The sector is extremely important to my region. I take the opportunity to recognise two Dumfries-based companies—Nithcree Training Services, which has been mentioned, and Currie European Transport—for their efforts in encouraging more people to train as HGV drivers. I spoke to the leaders of both those companies in advance of the debate to get a first-hand view on the challenges and how to overcome them. At Nithcree Training, I spoke to the director, Elizabeth Campbell, to find out more about the shortages. She highlighted the cost of HGV training, which can be prohibitive. In fact, she said that taking someone from scratch to being trained in every kind of HGV and load could cost around £5,000 in certificates and licences.”

Ms McAlpine outlined some of the frustrations faced by industry, including a lack of funding for people to undertake training and the excessive cost of insurance for apprentice training schemes, stating:

“Currie European has an excellent apprenticeship scheme for young people. The company, which has a great relationship with the local schools, takes apprentices from school. Tom Barrie, its owner, said that, although it was and would remain absolutely committed to its apprenticeship scheme, the cost of insurance was prohibitive and the company was looking for any assistance that it could get on that.”

 

She also explained the negative impact of the removal of UK Government overnight tax breaks for drivers and highlighted the economic impact of driver shortages to the wider economy:

“Mr Barrie employs more than 300 people at Currie European but, because of the shortages, he has to turn work away. If he is doing that, it means that the companies that need to get goods to people are not getting them to those people on time.  As other members have said, the shortage of drivers is affecting the economy as a whole.”

The debate was called by Chic Brodie MSP who explained the value of the road haulage sector in Scotland: 

“Its net contribution is more than £5 billion, and it contributes more than 5.5 per cent of the total Scottish gross value added. It is also a vital component in helping to deliver Scotland’s exports which in themselves are a key component of Scotland’s economic strategy: we are on track to double our exports over the period 2012 to 2017. The sector fuels the retail market, secures manufacturing output through the delivery of raw materials and components to industry and also harnesses indigenous industries such as farming and forestry.”

Mr Brodie added that there is a shortage of 11,000 drivers in Scotland and indicated that barriers to recruitment, skills shortages and an understanding of the scale of the issue as well as access to the industry all needed to be addressed.

MSP says “extended closure will cause havoc for Dumfriesshire commuters”

Joan McAlpine MSP has said rail commuters will react with dismay to news that the Lamington Viaduct will remain closed until March.  Ms McAlpine expressed concern at the impact that an extended closure will have on the people of Dumfriesshire and has asked the train operators to reconsider their decision to run the West Coast mainline through Dumfries without stopping there.

She said: "It is good for the West coast mainline that additional trains will be routed via Dumfries. But they do not stop at Dumfries, and they are causing delays to the trains that DO stop at Dumfries! 

“I have previously called on Virgin to consider stopping some of their services at Dumfries to meet the needs of local commuters, like they do in Kilmarnock.  I understand safety, training and timetable issues have prevented this happening before. With the extended closure I will now call on them again to look at whether additional Dumfries stops are possible on this route.”

“My office has received numerous complaints from constituents whose daily routines have been affected by changes to rail services caused by the closure of the Lamington Viaduct, in particular commuters who use Lockerbie train station who come from Nithsdale as well as Annandale and Eskdale.

“Dumfries and Galloway is already very poorly served by rail services, and Virgin’s route alternations appear to be having a negative impact on this region. While safety has to come first, I am concerned that this extended closure will cause havoc for Dumfriesshire commuters.”

PROTECT YOUR PIPES ADVICE AFTER SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURES FORECAST

With sub-zero temperatures and severe frost forecast, Scottish Water is reminding householders and businesses to follow its simple winter code to protect their pipes and keep the water cycle running smoothly.

The Scottish Water winter campaign recommends a three-point guide to avoid the misery, inconvenience and cost of failing to take preventative measures to avoid frozen and burst pipes caused by freezing conditions.

Our Winter Code advises anyone with a home, holiday home or business premises to take action to heat, insulate and protect their properties.

Scottish Water’s winter campaign is being supported by an information leaflet (available to download at our website www.scottishwater.co.uk) that provides important and helpful guidance on what steps to take to help prevent a burst or frozen pipe, how to locate your stop valve, what to do in an emergency and how Scottish Water can help.

Peter Farrer, Scottish Water’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “Anyone who has returned to their house or work to find everything ankle deep in freezing water with carpets, furniture and equipment all ruined, will know only too well of the misery a burst pipe in winter can cause.

“But by taking action to heat, insulate and protect properties, customers can avoid the considerable headache and heartache caused by burst pipes.

“We want to work with our customers to ensure we are all prepared for the sub-zero temperatures and severe frost that has been forecast for parts of Scotland.

Preventing frozen pipes also means we all play a part in ensuring the water cycle never stops.

“Water is a precious resource and Scottish Water puts a lot of work into keeping it that way. Water pouring straight back into the drains as a result of a burst pipe that could have been prevented costs us all money.” The key advice in our winter code is:

Heat: Warmth offers the best protection against frozen pipes, so leave your heating on a low setting or set it to come on a couple of times a day. If you are going away, ensure someone can visit regularly to check for any problems. If the property is vacant over winter, turn off the water supply and drain the system.

Insulate: Ensure your pipes and water tanks are properly insulated. Pipes don’t like the cold, whether they are outdoor or indoor, metal or plastic, new or old. Pipes, tanks or toilet cisterns in unheated outbuildings or exposed places should also be properly insulated. If not in use over winter, have them drained.

Protect: Dripping water increases the risk of freezing, so repair any leaks at taps or valves as soon as possible. Also reduce draughts, which can cause frozen pipework, by fitting draught excluders on doors and windows.

Other important advice in the Scottish Water winter campaign includes tips on how to heat your property more effectively, finding and using your stop valve, keeping a small emergency pack handy and keeping an eye out for neighbours who might need additional support.

This year, Scottish Water is also offering a free stop valve sticker, allowing property owners the chance to write the name and contact number of their local licensed plumber so that it is handily placed in case of emergency.

As one of the largest businesses in Scotland, Scottish Water is also taking steps across its operation to ensure it is well equipped to continue delivering the best service it can in the event of severe weather

Employees will be working around the clock to maintain drinking water supplies to our 2.4 million household customers and more than 150,000 businesses.

Customers should visit www.scottishwater.co.uk/winterwhere they can find winter information, films and advice. 

To apply for the free stop valve sticker write to:

Customer Marketing, Free Stop Valve Sticker, PO Box 8855, Edinburgh EH10 6YQ or e mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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