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Developing the Young Workforce Dumfries & Galloway

What is DYW?

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) is the Scottish Government’s national strategy for strengthening links between businesses and education and better preparing children and young people for the world of work. The headline aim of the programme is to encourage and support more employers to engage directly with schools and colleges, and encourage and enable more employers to recruit more young people and promote diversity in their workforce.

DYW aims to ensure that young people in Scotland have work relevant experience and opportunities while still at school. DYW collaborates with schools, to bring industry into the classroom, and give young people first-hand experience of the world of work.

DYW works in partnership with employers, encouraging them to play an active role in shaping Scotland's education system. Employers can then help create and educate the talent pool they need and benefit from the fresh perspective that young employees bring to the workplace.

And most of all, DYW works with young people, Scotland's future workforce, to improve their skills for their working lives and help them make informed and ambitious choices about their jobs and careers.

Find out more about DYW in Dumfries and Galloway.

Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Employability and Training, on DYW.


DYW DG helps employers to engage with young people and shape their skills.

With DYW’s help, employers can identify skills gaps, help make young people work ready, access new ideas from young people, and raise the profile of their business in their local schools and community.



DYW DG helps schools and colleges build partnerships with local employers.

We help schools and colleges enhance the learning and career opportunities for young people, promote work experience opportunities and apprenticeships, and help pupils obtain skills and knowledge needed for the world of work.



DYW DG helps young people be ready for the world of work.

We help them learn more about sectors in the region with job and career opportunities and the skills needed to enter in the workplace, and we can help develop young people’s confidence, skills and experience.



DYW DG helps parents and carers support young people to make informed choices.

We help parents and carers to find out about sectors with job and career opportunities, the benefits of apprenticeships, andhow your child's school or college can help.



At Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES), we are committed to advancing equality of opportunity. The partnership we have established with DWY DG will allow us to reach out to more young people, including young women. We want to highlight the variety of roles and careers in the industry and encourage young people to consider an apprenticeship with FES as a pathway into a career in forestry, and DYW DG are important and valued partners in this process.

Ashley Woodhouse, Forest Enterprise Scotland

The feedback from the pupils was fantastic and we were over the moon with how our first site visit went  – it was so exciting to hear how enthusiastic the young people were about a future career with the industry and how our different team members had inspired them to look at certain roles that they hadn’t necessarily thought about before.

Emma Porteous, Marketing Manager, Robinsons, Lockerbie


DYW DG has helped Morrisons to make Stranraer's young workforce in aware of the good career options in supermarket retail, as well as opportunities for career progression. With DYW’s help, we created a schools' presentation to highlight the opportunities available within Morrisons to school leavers and the young workforce, which gave local pupils a better understanding of how the food retail sector operates. I would definitely recommend a partnership with DYW DG and I look forward to working on other projects with the DYW D&G team.

Eleanor, People Manager, Morrisons, Stranraer


As part of our School visit programme, working with DYW DG, we had the pleasure of attending Stranraer Academy. We received a very warm welcome and had a lovely day with the teachers and children. The children were so engaging and excited about the prospect of employment within the rail industry and we found the whole experience to be a humbling one. A huge thank you to DYW DG for organising!

Sandra Cahill, Project Manager, Scot Rail HR

SRUC’s Barony Campus students were given a unique entrepreneur opportunity thanks to DYW DG and Chamber of Commerce partnership working and support for the introduction of the ‘Entrepreneur Aspire’ Award. SRUC looks forward to offering this entrepreneur opportunity next academic year, with a possible option to include other regions within Scotland. It is a pleasure to work with DYW DG, who are so enthusiastic and supportive of our students and their business aspirations for the future.

Julie Parker, Senior Tutor, SRUC Barony Campus