Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) is the Scottish Government’s national strategy for strengthening links between businesses and education with the headline aim of reducing youth unemployment by 40% by 2021. The strategy is delivered by employer led regional groups across Scotland and Ayrshire was launched in October 2015.

Hosted by Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce, Developing the Young Workforce Ayrshire’s focus is to:

  • Encourage and support employers to engage directly with schools and colleges

  • Encourage them to put young people at the heart of their workforce planning by recruiting more young people

DYW Ayrshire’s Regional Group have encouraged employers to engage with schools and
colleges in a range of ways for example:

  • Providing career information

  • Employability skills

  • Bringing real life contexts into the classroom

Regional Group private sector representatives are regarded as our long term strategic partners. They feed into local authority planning regarding employer partnerships which in turn feeds into individual school improvement plans.

The Regional Group have recognised that one employer, however large, cannot meet the needs of every learner. We encourage multiple school / employer partnerships therefore schools can expect to have a number of employers focussed on specific activities to meet the needs of their learners.

We are delighted to report that DYW Ayrshire have referred 17 volunteers to us and that 5 of these volunteers have already accepted invitations from educators to meet with students.

Together Founders4Schools and DYW Ayrshire have facilitated 675 student-employer encounters, with educators having brought business leaders into contact with 675 students so they are better prepared for the world of work. Below you can see a map of the schools these educators are employed by.


Click below to invite leaders of local businesses that are available to inspire your students.


Click here if you wish to share your career experiences with students in schools.

Click on the markers to see more details about the events prompted by DYW Ayrshire.

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