Case Studies

DYW works with partners across the region to give young people the chance to experience training and work opportunities and access career information. See our work in action through the real world examples featured in our case studies .

Robinsons – Paving the way for the next generation

Robinsons – Paving the way for the next generation

Lockerbie based construction and manufacturing specialists Robinsons, joined with DYW DG to host a tour of their factory and headquarters to educate the next generation about the careers available within the local area.

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Constructing the Future – Ashleigh Building

Constructing the Future – Ashleigh Building

The DYW DG Work Ready programme works with industry sectors and local businesses to address skills gaps in young people. Through its ongoing partnership with Ashleigh Building, DYW DG offers students the chance to see how to develop a career in the construction industry, understand the huge variety of diverse careers available and get valuable hands on experience.

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Gretna Gateway – the doorway to a great career

Gretna Gateway – the doorway to a great career

DYW DG first approached the Gretna Gateway in early 2017, to discuss and develop ideas around the DYW DG work ready service. Gretna Gateway was keen to address the issue of recruiting on the site.

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Catering Project – Cooking Up A Storm

Catering Project – Cooking Up A Storm

In September 2017, DYW programme managers identified the potential for Dumfries and Galloway school kitchens to share their expertise with the HE departments of their schools, and with pupils. This would give young people an insight into working in commercial kitchens, as well as inform them about provenance, food nutrition, budgeting and menu planning.

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Finalists at the D&G Business Awards – Video Case Study

Finalists at the D&G Business Awards – Video Case Study

DYW DG was the principal sponsor of this year's DG Business Awards, held at Easterbrook Hall on June 15th.

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JAS P Wilson – Video Case Study

JAS P Wilson – Video Case Study

JAS P Wilson discuss the various roles apprentices play across their business, and how important it is for the company to work in partnership with DYW DG.

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Entrepreneur Me – Enterprise is the Business

Entrepreneur Me – Enterprise is the Business

In the summer of 2016, DGW DG began discussing with Entrepreneur Me the possibility of developing enterprise projects in our region. From this, a mini business week was developed for the schools of Langholm and Canonbie, to introduce the idea to pupils of working for themselves and setting up their own businesses.

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Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN) – Video Case Study

Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN) – Video Case Study

SPEN discuss how helpful DYW DG have been in helping the company find and recruit young people, and their support in SPEN's engagement with schools and the improved standard of candidate.

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Graham Construction – Video Case Study

Graham Construction – Video Case Study

Graham’s Construction worked with DYW DG to offer pupils from Dumfries Academy, St Joseph’s College and Maxwelltown High School the opportunity of work experience on Graham’s sites in Dumfries.

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West Galdenoch – a dairy farming video case study

West Galdenoch – a dairy farming video case study

West Galdenoch is a dairy farm in south west Scotland, where staff are passionate about bringing young people into the industry.

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DYW and SPEN – Making Sparks Fly

DYW and SPEN – Making Sparks Fly

When Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN) in Dumfries identified a persistent shortage in the D&G region of suitable candidates for employment, they met with DYW DG to discuss how to reach and approach these individuals. DYW set up workshops in host schools to showcase SPEN and its career opportunities.

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Murray Farm Care – From Class to Grass

Murray Farm Care – From Class to Grass

With DYW DG's help, Murray Farmcare has seen increased engagement with local schools and an increase in awareness of and applications to its apprenticeships.

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Lockerbie Manor – To The Manor Born

Lockerbie Manor – To The Manor Born

While reviewing their employment strategy and succession planning, Lockerbie Manor identified an issue with attracting young, qualified activity instructors to the area. Faced with both a current and future shortage of staff, Lockerbie Manor approached DYW DG for help in overcoming these issues. With DYW’s help, Lockerbie Manor improved its recruitment process and successfully recruited locally.

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Morrisons – Going Behind The Shop Front

Morrisons – Going Behind The Shop Front

Through its Work Ready programmes, DYW Dumfries and Galloway strengthens the links between young people and employers and helps prepare young people for the world of work, while at the same time securing the future of the region’s businesses.

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Helping Young People Step into Care

Helping Young People Step into Care

Working in partnership, DYW DG, The Care Training Consortium (CTC) and Lowland Training Services put together an innovative 16 week Care Course for 18 to 25 year olds in Dumfries and Galloway, to introduce them to careers in the care sector.

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Douglas Ewart High School – Forestry Commission Apprentices

Douglas Ewart High School – Forestry Commission Apprentices

In November 2017, when Forestry Enterprise Scotland (FES) advertised for 8 new apprentices in Forest & Timber based in Dumfries and Galloway, DYW DG programme managers promoted this opportunity in local high schools and four pupils were selected from Douglas Ewart High School to attend an interview.

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Crichton Trust – From Acorns to Oaks

Crichton Trust – From Acorns to Oaks

In late 2017, the Crichton Trust met with DYW DG to discuss recruiting the next generation of maintenance and horticultural staff. With the assistance of DYW DG Programme Managers, the Trust employed two new trainee gardeners.

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Cochran Energy Solutions Worldwide – Video Case Study

Cochran Energy Solutions Worldwide – Video Case Study

Cochran LTD are global specialists in manufacturing and supplying industrial steam and hot water boilers, established over 130 years ago. The company discuss their business approach of 'growing their own', where they recruit young people and develop and nurture their skills.

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BSW Timber – Video Case Study

BSW Timber – Video Case Study

BSW Timber Group is the largest integrated forestry business in the UK. The company values the new skills and enthusiasm that apprentices bring to the workplace, as well as the benefits of working with DYW DG to recruit young people.

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WE ARE VERY PROUD TO WORK WITH:

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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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

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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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