For Schools and Colleges

DYW and Education

DYW DG can help schools and colleges in the region build partnerships with local employers across a variety of sectors. This can enhance the learning and career opportunities for young people and help prepare them for the world of work.

How DYW DG can help you

DYW can help your school or college to:

  • work with local employers
  • learn more about the local labour market and key employment sectors in the region
  • deliver career-based learning in the classroom
  • enhance your pupils' education through work-related activity
  • support your pupils and students obtain skills and knowledge the workforce needs
  • promote work experience opportunities and apprenticeships 
  • ​raise awareness of career and job opportunities in Dumfries and Galloway
  • help young people achieve positive training and career destinations

Partner employers may also be willing to support the success of your school in other ways, for example through sponsorship or work experience activities.

DYW Aims

DYW DG aims to support meaningful and productive school/employer partnerships in all secondary schools in the region by 2020.

We also plan to have additional partnership opportunities in primary schools and early years settings.

Read more about school/employer partnerships.

Contact us for further information.

Further resources

Find out more from Education Scotland about partnership working between DYW and education.


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.


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

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