What is DYW?

What is DYW?

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) initiative aims to reduce youth unemployment. It complements the foundations already established by the Curriculum for Excellence and aims to better prepare pupils for the world of work.

The Youth Employability Strategy sets out ambitious objectives and recommendations that challenges schools, colleges and employers to engage with DYW in order to bring about effective long-lasting change to benefit the young people of Scotland. Some of the key areas of focus are:

  • Establishing and maintaining stronger partnerships between schools and employers
  • Embedding meaningful and impactful employer engagement
  • Providing early and relevant careers advice to allow learners to make informed decisions about their learner pathway
  • Increasing the number of pathways available for learners from school to positive post-school destinations
  • Supporting teachers and practitioners to develop the curriculum and embed skills for learning, life and work
  • Embedding Foundation Apprenticeships into the curriculum
  • Establishing and strengthening partnerships with colleges, universities and training providers
  • Expanding work placements, experiences and opportunities for young people
  • Offering vocational opportunities in the Senior Phase for learners to develop skills for learning, life and work
  • Challenging gender imbalances in the world of work and in subject choices


Developing the Young Workforce news in Strathaven Academy

The DYW team are pleased to share with you the first update of the new session. As we celebrate our recent award as the UKs Most Entrepreneurial School 2023, we hope you enjoy finding out what our young people have been doing.

DYW Parent Newsletter 2023

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In the last 2 years we have achieved 3 prestigious awards for our DYW strategy:

June 2022 – Scotland’s Most Enterprising School
June 2022 – Enterprising Schools Certification – Gold Level
June 2023 – UKs Most Entrepreneurial School
July 2023 – JA Europe Award


Further information can be found at these links:

The UK  Entrepreneurial School Award 2023

News (jaeurope.org)

Scotland’s Most Enterprising School Award 2022

News – The Winners of 2022 Scotland’s Enterprising Schools Awards are Announced | Scotland’s Enterprising Schools

If you would like to learn more about how we achieved these awards, click on any of the following:

Enterprising Strathaven Video


Scotland’s Enterprising School’s Interesting Practice


Pupils speak at Scottish Learning Festival about Enterprise experience


TES article How your school can develop enterprise education | Tes


Skills Development Scotland

My World of Work is Scotland’s careers information and advice web service:

My World of Work  provides up-to-date information, advice and tools to support:

  • Subject choices – understand your strengths and make better choices about your subject choices and future career
  • Leaving school – find a career that interests you and understand the skills you need to get the job you want
  • Exam results – straight into a job or onto further learning? Whatever your grades find help in planning your next steps
  • Preparing for a job – discover Scotland’s industries, search for jobs, build your CV and practice for interviews
  • Modern Apprenticeships – why not earn as you learn? Find out what apprenticeships are available in Scotland and how they work

The current advisors are Jennifer Graham and Paula Johnston. They can be contacted by any pupil or parent/carer at  Jennifer.Graham@sds.co.uk or  Paula.Johnston@sds.co.uk

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