Graduate Apprenticeships Webinar

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Join the University of Dundee on Thursday 30 June (from 1300-1415) to find out how their fully funded Graduate Apprenticeship Programme can help you to develop the Business, IT and/or Engineering skills of your workforce at no additional cost to your business.

With fully funded courses available to current or new employees in Business Management, IT Management for Business, IT Software Development, Civil Engineering, and Engineering, Design and Manufacturing, there has never been a better time to find out more. 
During the webinar they will break down each of the courses on offer, so you can establish which course or courses would be the best fit for you and your business.

You will also hear from both employers and apprentices who are currently using the programme, so you can find out about their experience first-hand and the benefits the programme can bring to your business.

Interested? Register for the webinar today!…

SCDI Event “Levelling Up in the Tay Cities”

This event will take place in person at the University of Dundee. It will not be live streamed or recorded.

The Levelling Up White paper set out a broad, deep and long-term programme to transform places and boost local growth right across the UK. Kirstin Marsh, the Area Lead for Tay Cities & NE Scotland from the UK Government’s Cities & Local Growth Unit, will provide an overview of what the Levelling Up agenda might mean in Scotland and the Tay Cities region in particular.

After a short introduction to cover the data and thinking that underpins the policy priorities, the approach to delivery and the key funding streams, she will briefly discuss challenges and opportunities for the Tay Cities region. There will be time for general questions, ideas from the audience and discussion about how the UK Government can strengthen links with the private sector to deliver Levelling Up.

Drinks and canapes will be served before Kirstin speaks and you’ll have the chance to network after the Q&A session.

The agenda is:

1730 – Networking drinks and canapes
1800 – Welcome from Professor Iain Gillespie, Principal & Vice-Chancellor
1810 – Welcome from Sara Thiam, SCDI
1815 – Kirstin Marsh CLGU talk. followed by Q+A
1845 – Introduction to SCDI committee in Tayside
1905 – Networking
1930 – Close

To find out more and register for the event please click here.

Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge Scotland - Launch Event and Luncheon



The Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge is the world’s only global cyber competition designed to tackle the cyber skills shortage through iterated crisis simulation and policy analysis. Part interactive learning experience and part competitive scenario exercise, Cyber 9/12 challenges student teams from across academic disciplines to respond to a realistic and evolving cyber scenario. Teams of four analyse threats and develop responses to manage the crisis, with built-in feedback loops from expert judges.



The inaugural Scottish Cyber 9/12 competition will take place in Dundee's new cyberQuarter at Abertay University on the 18th and 19th of October, 2022. This is an amazing opportunity for full-time students from Scottish colleges and universities to test their policy and presentation skills while gaining valuable industry experience.



In partnership with the Scottish Government, the Atlantic Council and Dewar Cyber Consulting, Abertay University would like to invite you to the official launch of the inaugural Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge for Scotland. The launch will take place at Abertay University’s new cyberQuarter on the 30th of June 2022 at 10.30am.

To register for the launch event, please follow the Eventbrite link: Scottish Cyber 9/12 Launch Event and Luncheon Tickets, Thu, Jun 30, 2022 at 10:30 AM | Eventbrite

Further details on the competition can be found here:




The MSIP Accelerator is an intense business accelerator designed to help ambitious young companies who are developing new solutions in sustainable mobility and decarbonisation achieve a step-change in their business.

The MSIP Accelerator programme is available for a maximum of 15 innovative companies who have ambitious growth plans.

The MSIP Accelerator programme is available for a maximum of 15 innovative companies who have ambitious growth plans. They should have a team in place and have an investor-ready proposition or a validated prototype.

Participants will be joining a select group of like-minded companies committed to accelerating the transition to net-zero.

This is a structured programme modelled on best-in class tech accelerators. It
will help you achieve a step change in your venture, building confidence and
momentum. The MSIP Accelerator is structured around 3 key pillars of activity:
1. Learning – Gaining proven start-up skills, tools and frameworks.
2. Executing – Applying learnings to your venture.
3. Connecting – Growing your network, learning from experts and meeting

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 1 July, 2022, 12 noon.

To find out more please click on the flyer below:…

Talking Tenders with Scotland Excel: Repair, Maintenance and Refurbishment Framework

Meet the Buyer 2022 Supplier Engagement Session with Scotland Excel and Dundee City Council

Do you own a business in Tayside? Dundee City Council is changing the way it procures services related to Repair, Maintenance and Refurbishment locally. The Supplier Development Programme, in partnership with Dundee City Council and Scotland Excel, is hosting a series of supplier engagement events to provide support to micro and small businesses to ensure they are 'tender ready' when the Framework goes live. 

Aimed at micro and small businesses, but open to all, these sessions will give helpful information to help you bid better.

During Meet the Buyer 2022, Scotland Excel will kick off with a presentation on its upcoming Repair, Maintenance and Refurbishment Framework. Representatives from Scotland Excel plan to highlight key points or conditions of the Framework, what to expect, what a good/bad response looks like from previous iterations of the Framework, health and safety certifications requirements, an expected timeline for bidding and contact information for queries in advance of the tender.

This session will be followed by a live Question and Answer Panel with representatives from Scotland Excel and Dundee City Council. You'll be able to ask your questions, and have them answered - live!

To find out more about this event and register please click here.

Dubai Advantage Conference

Presentations, Lunch & Networking  

The UAE was the UK’s 19th largest export market globally in the 12 months ending September 2021 (ONS, Q3 2021). The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is a large export market for the UK. By September 2021, total UK exports to GCC amounted to £22.2 billion (ONS, Q3 2021).Dubai is a regional hub and commercial capital for the Middle East, North Africa and beyond. 

Join the Dundee  & Angus Chamber of Commerce at this event where you will have the unique opportunity to meet key entities of the Dubai Government led by Dubai Foreign Direct Investment agency. 
The Agenda will present the essentials of doing business in Dubai and setting up operations including information on: 
-Available Investment Opportunities
-Assistance provided for market entry
-Selecting the best Free Zone for your business
-Laws and legal structures governing doing business in Dubai

The following Dubai entities are all part of the trade mission and will be participating in the conference:
Dubai Investment Development Agency (Dubai FDI)
Dubai Industries & Exports
Dubai Culture & Arts Authority
Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (DAFZA)
Dubai Commerce City (DCC)
Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCC)
Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC)
Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO)
Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (JAFZA)
The Corporate Group
Dubai Arts & Culture Authority

To find out more and register for the event please click here.

Meet the Buyer 2022

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Meet with Buyers from Scotland’s local authorities, government agencies and contractors to hear about upcoming work in Scotland's public sector, worth £13.3bn annually, as well as opportunities right across the UK's public sector!

Meet the Buyer 2022 will be a 100% virtual event and is officially partnered by the Scottish Government and Scotland Excel.

This event gives suppliers unprecedented access to buyers and decision makers from across the public and private sectors, and this year you can connect from the comfort of your own screen. You'll have the chance to introduce your company, talk to the key contacts and find out about what tenders and projects buyers have in the pipeline for local businesses for the supply of materials, goods, and services.

In addition, you can meet with trade and construction contractors that are connected to public sector projects to find out about opportunities in the supply chain and related to 'project delivery on site' - so even if you don't think you work in a particular sector but your business can provide key services nearby like MOTs, baked goods, cleaning services, for example - you can't afford to miss out on the chance to talk about local Community Wealth Building opportunities. This event is a golden opportunity for SMEs, social enterprises and third sector organisations to get "tender ready" too!

Attendance is key. If you don’t sign up, you are missing a fantastic opportunity to ensure that your business is known to your local council and its big contractors.

To find out more about the event and to register please click here.




Energy Technology Partnership BRIEFING: Zero Emission Mobility funding call

Energy Technology Partnership (ETP), together with Transport Scotland, have opened a funding call for small & medium-sized businesses (SMEs) across Scotland to apply for a grant of up to £10K (30% In-Kind Contribution), through their Zero Emission Mobility funding call.
Transport is the largest contributor to harmful climate emissions in Scotland. In response to the climate emergency, the Scottish Government is committed to reducing emissions by 75% by 2030 and to a legally binding target of net-zero by 2045.

To deliver a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, while at the same time responding to the global climate emergency, a mission-led approach is being taken that ensures that:

•    Scotland is at the forefront of markets for zero emission mobility.

•    Scotland is the global destination for innovation and investment in sustainable, zero emission mobility,

•    People and places benefit fairly from the shift to sustainable, zero emission mobility.

Join the CeeD and ETP event on the 22nd June to learn more.

Please click here for more information and to register.

Leading Fintech Targets Dundee for Recruitment Day 

Embark, a financial technology firm based in Dundee is now offering people a unique opportunity to join them, after recently announcing plans to once more create over 50 new jobs in the local area. They will now host a unique Recruitment Day on Monday May 30 at their office on 8 Marketgait, where candidates can leave with a new job on the day. 

A fast growing company and one of the UK’s leading retirement solutions providers, Embark was bought by Lloyds Banking Group for nearly £400 million last summer. The company now wants to build on its success by further developing its operations in Dundee.

Embark Group’s presence in the city began with its acquisition of Alliance Trust Savings in late 2019. The firm’s commitment to the city continued when it hired over 50 people last year, complementing the 110 existing colleagues who have been located in Dundee since 2020. It also sponsors Scotland’s largest e-bike scheme Embark Dundee which had 16,000 users last year alone and saved an estimated 95,400m3 of carbon. 

Now the firm is in the process of hiring more than 50 new staff in Dundee, and is inviting people to a special Recruitment Day event as part of its hiring plan. The event will be held in the company’s Marketgait offices in the city centre on Monday May 30, and is part of a new phase for the growing Dundee firm.
Chief executive Peter Docherty emphasised that “This is a chance to join a fast-growing, dynamic and progressive financial technology company, with hundreds of employees in Dundee and across the UK.”

There are a wide range of roles on offer, from entry level administrative roles to IT development, customer service, HR and marketing. Details can be seen on their Embark Careers website.  

This initial Recruitment Day on 30 May will focus on Customer Service roles.
Those signing up will be interviewed on Monday May 30 and if successful will:
-    Have a job offer made on the same day
-    Receive full training 
-    Start with Embark as soon as 20 June

Successful candidates could come from all walks of life and be at different stages in their career journeys. 

Embark have flexible and part time working hour options available and are keen to hear from local people from all kinds of backgrounds, including:
-    School leavers
-    Students
-    Graduates
-    Career changers
-    Parental leave returners
-    Semi-retired
-    Those currently unemployed

Peter continued by saying that “There are opportunities available for people at all levels and at all stages of life to play their part in driving Embark forward.
We are excited by the diverse talent that Dundee has to offer and how it will contribute to our continued development.”

Embark is also offering another unique opportunity on the day for those that are quick off the mark. Drop your CV off at their office on 8 Marketgait between 9am – 10am on Monday May 30, and they’ll try to interview you that same day.

There are a host of benefits to working at Embark, including 25 days holiday, 4x Life Cover, 5% pension and many flexible benefit options.

However perhaps more importantly there is also the opportunity to grow your career within the business.

Someone local who can testify to that is Operations Transformation Manager, Kat Robison,

Where did you go to university? 

University of Dundee, I did a Law degree and graduated in 2004. 

When did you join Embark? 

March 2021 

What is your role and key responsibilities? 

My role is Operations Transformation Manager. I help support the wider business in successful delivery of projects and reviewing of processes to identify improvements. It means you get experience in change disciplines similar to a business analyst and you also get experience of working with the operational teams on elements like business readiness, process development and more. It is a very varied role, so you’re never bored! 

What do you find most exciting about Embark? 

Embark is a very dynamic company to work for, the thing that excites me most is the way the firm pushes forwards with innovations and is constantly working to evolve. 

What’s your advice for anyone thinking of applying for a role at Embark Group? 

Working at Embark is a fantastic opportunity to work for an agile, fast-paced business undergoing transformational change. There is never a dull day and I have learned so much since I joined. Also, Embark is focused on investing in their people so there are many opportunities for career growth and further learning. Since joining, I have really enjoyed developing my career and look forward to taking the next step.

Sign up for the Monday May 30 Recruitment Day now via the Embark Careers website.


Digital Webinar - Digital Marketing. How it works (10-11.30am)

Gain insight into the ways in which you can market your business online in this webinar hosted by Richard Carlaw of Targeting Innovation

This practical workshop will help you learn how to develop a digital marketing plan that is tailored to your specific business objectives. 

In this session you will learn how to set clear marketing goals for your business, better understand your customers and their needs, and identify the right marketing channels to reach them. We’ll also review practical and time efficient approaches to content marketing, as well as look at the key analytics you can be using to monitor and evaluate your digital marketing activity. 

To find out more about the event and to register please click here.