About DYW

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Dumfries and Galloway is one of 21 regional DYW groups across Scotland.

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) is the Scottish Government national strategy for strengthening links between businesses and education, and better preparing children and young people for the world of work. This programme builds on the foundations already in place as part of the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE). 

DYW D&G was established in 2016. We aim to work with young people, local and national businesses and education providers to ensure that education and training meets the needs of industry and that young people leaving school and college are better prepared for the world of work.

To do this, DYW D&G:

  • Bridges the gap between industry and education
  • Builds links between education and industry
  • Creates bonds between employers and young people

By creating stronger links between business and education we can provide more opportunities for young people to live and work in the region.

WE ARE VERY PROUD TO WORK WITH:

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

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

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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

Working in partnership with DYW DG, we have had great success in targeting potential future candidates in areas to suit our operational activities within Dumfries and Galloway. Since our involvement with DYW D&G, we have successfully recruited 11 trainees within Dumfries Galloway over the last 18 months and discussed our various training programmes with around 2,500 of our young people at a number of events.

Kenny Bowie, Head of Planning and Design, SPEN, Dumfries.

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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

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