Developing the Young Workforce North Highland

Developing the Young Workforce North Highland

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The Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) initiative was launched in September 2015 with one of its key aims to bring together employers and education providers, and develop a work experience system that offers the best opportunities for our young people.

Since then, the world as we knew is has changed and in November 2020, the Scottish Government announced their commitment to young people in the form of the Young Person’s Guarantee. The Developing the Young Workforce regional groups will now work to implement the Guarantee which promises a positive path for every young person within two years of them leaving formal education. Read more about the Young Person’s Guarantee here.  

Employers can sign up to show their support of the guarantee here then download the employers toolkit to add the branding and relevant information to your websites and social media so that you can share your support of young people in the North Highlands with the world. 

Many companies in Caithness and Sutherland have established excellent working relationships with schools and colleges creating a strong career awareness by:-

  • Inspiring young people with their career choices and providing a wider range of employment options
  • Helping young people develop attitudes, skills and knowledge required for the working world
  • Considering the views of young people within your business and its growth
  • Helping to ensure educational courses and qualifications are relevant to today’s industry demands

By supporting young people through mentoring, work experience, work-based learning or simply by sharing valued advice and knowledge, employers make a valuable contribution to their future workforce.

On launching in 2015, one of The Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) key aims was to being to bring together employers and education providers and develop a work experience system that offers the best opportunities for our young people. This is still a huge part of our work and we’re always keen to hear from employers who are interested in sharing their work environment with young people. Please get in touch if you feel able to get involved either offering virtual or in person sessions.

We worked with the Highland Council to identify the needs of young people, educators and employers to help create the Hi-Hope website.  The website is accessible to all and offers information on a range of topics, including work experience opportunities, job adverts.

Could your business help inspire our young people prior to entering the world of work?  With your assistance we can continue to improve the link between local employers and our future workforce.

Becoming an Ambassador involves:-

  • Visiting schools / colleges to deliver advice on various career opportunities within your business sector
  • Host a visit to your business to enable young people to view a “real” working environment
  • Participate in mock interviews, career speed dating and CV preparation
  • Come along to careers events promoting career opportunities within your business and meet other employers who are supporting DYW

All the above are optional to you as an Ambassador.

Marketplace is an online tool connecting schools and colleges with business. Just tell us what you can offer, such as a talk, workshop, school visit or placement. We’ll help you connect by posting your opportunity on our online noticeboard for schools and colleges to get in touch. It’s that simple.

Here are some of the benefits:

  • Young people will benefit from your knowledge and expertise – you can help them develop the attitude and skills employers need
  • You can inspire young people to work for you or in your sector
  • You can raise awareness of who you are and what you do
  • It’s great for staff development. Employees involved will gain a sense of achievement in helping young people.

You can sign up to Marketplace here, or reach out to our local team who can offer support. We’ll then promote your offer to schools in the North Highland region who will get in touch direct to arrange a session.

Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to gain skills while working. They can be tailored to meet the needs of your industry whilst offering flexible and practical opportunities for our young people in a working environment. Apprenticeships are available for new employees or to up skill your existing staff.

For more information on Apprenticeships click here.

Help us invest in our future workforce