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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.



DYW DG has helped Bank of Scotland give young people in Stranraer new avenues in which to explore opportunities locally and in the wider region. Our talk at Stranraer Academy, arranged by DYW, gave students and parents the opportunity to understand the options available in the local area. With DYW's help and support, Bank of Scotland have been able to reach out to the local community and give young people in the area an idea of what retail banking involves.

Craig Daniel, Manager, Bank of Scotland, Stranraer branch

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


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

When recruiting our new trainees, DYW DG's input and co-ordination between agencies helped invaluably in guiding us through what assistance was available and the processes therein. We would certainly use DYW’s contacts and again, especially accessing young talent.

Susan Sutherland, Crichton Executive Officer

Before DYW approached us, we didn’t have the confidence to consider employing a young person straight from school. We didn’t know quite what to expect, or even where to start looking for the right young person. But with DYW’s help, it became a quick and easy process. DYW put in the time – they came to visit us, were always there with help and support, and their enthusiasm for the young people who came to visit us really shone through and helped us engage with them.

Murray Farm Care