Sector Based Work Academies


Sector Based Work Academies

Sector based work academies (SBWAs) are an alternative to traditional recruitment. They are based around and tailored specially to the requirements of businesses and organisations in one area, and provide employers and candidates with the opportunity to 'try before they buy'.

Working with DYW DG, the employer has the opportunity to meet young people and present their business, illustrating exactly what they are about.  From this, they can offer to those interested a programme of sector specific training. This leads to 4 to 6 weeks' work experience, and where relevant, industry certification.  Through this period of training and work experience, the employer can spot strengths and weaknesse,s and the young person has the opportunity to  explore whether this the career for them.  Following successful competition of this course, the employer meets with the young person for a guaranteed job interview.

One of the key elements of SBWA is that they are aimed at all young people, whether or not they're in education. This enable employers to access a potentially wider pool of candidates, and also to attract young people who are unemployed or wishing to change their career direction.

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Read about our care sector work academy, Step into Care.


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


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

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


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

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