Applying for Jobs

Helping your child with training and career choices

As a parent or carer, you can talk to your child about jobs and careers that interest them and help them with their research on the skills and qualifications they need.

To help them, you could:

  • Discuss their career ideas and future plans
  • Research jobs and careers
  • Look at education, employment and training options
  • Give them advice on their CVs and job applications 
  • Check what exam qualifications, if any, they need for training, college or university

Find out more from My World of Work about job applications.

Opportunities in Dumfries and Galloway

There are job opportunities in many careers in Dumfries and Galloway, in particular in the following sectors:

  • Early Years Education and Childcare
  • Health and Social Care
  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Land-based Agriculture, Forestry and Timber
  • Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism
  • Creative and Entrepreneurial
  • Business and Information Technology
  • Energy (Renewables)
  • Food and Drink Manufacture

Find out more about industry sectors in Dumfries and Galloway.



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


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

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


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

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