D&A Developing Young Workforce Group
A cross industry, agency partnership group in Dundee and Angus has been working since the summer of 2014 to promote the aims of the Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce (DSYW) report, to plan on a regional basis, and to bring employers together to make a key contribution in delivering the key performance indicators.
A series of events and meetings has culminated in a successful bid to the Scottish Government to host a Regional Board which will support young people into employment and boost economic development in our region. This Board will act as an Agent of Change within the Dundee and Angus Region to address the region’s specific problems of significant youth unemployment most of which are linked to a high number of areas of multiple deprivation:
- Youth unemployment stands at 7% against a national average of c5%
- 42,000 of the Dundee population live in areas designated as the 15% most deprived
- 50,000 people in the area are in receipt of working and child tax credits
We are committed to better preparing school leavers for the world of work:
- Improving vocational education to focus on employment and progression
- Promoting Modern Apprenticeships focussed on industry need
- Engaging with employers to work with schools and colleges and to recruit more young people directly from education
- To promote equalities and opportunities for all
The Board’s vision is to maximise youth employment in Dundee and Angus through a cohesive partnership between industry and education to match employers’ needs with young people’s aspirations.
The key objective of the Dundee and Angus Developing the Young Workforce (D&A DYW) Board will be to engage the Dundee and Angus business community to promote a deeper understanding of the factors affecting the relatively low rate of employment of young people in Dundee & Angus (against the national figures) and to develop initiatives and solutions to meet those challenges via employer engagement and partnership.
Craig Nicol, Chair of the Board said "The Scottish Government’s initiative to regionalise the drive for the development of our young workforce provides us with a fabulous opportunity to harness the positive contributions which our young people can bring to our city and region for the next generation. As Joint Managing Partner of a large local employer, I see on a daily basis the value which young employees can bring to a business. As Chair, I am genuinely excited at the prospect of working with my colleagues to engage our region’s business community and work with broad range of organisations to develop initiatives and solutions to prepare our youth for the workplace."
Supporting the new team to drive the activity is a key next step
A project team will work for the next three years to deliver a cohesive and engaging programme to develop and deepen the links between employers, the private sector and education and young people. The main focus for the team will be to promote the benefits and ways that employers can better engage with young people and schools & college in order to inspire, influence and ultimately employ & encourage young people into vocational routes into employment.
The employer engagement team (based at the Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce offices at City Quay) are:
Working with local businesses and stakeholders to facilitate customer engagement with schools and D&A College in relation to increasing the employability opportunities for young people
Providing responsive and high quality services to business and other external clients, which ensures opportunities for young people to engage with businesses throughout their education are fully exploite
Operating on a Dundee and Angus wide basis in partnership with D&A DYW Board Members and partner Academic Teams to promote the range of services on offer to support workforce development and recruitment opportunities for young people.
The team are:
Angela Vettraino, D&A DYW Manager
Ross Paterson, Claire Gammie & Rachel McEwan, who are D&A DYW Employer Liaison Advisors, and Melissa Craig, Employer Liaison Administrator who looks after administration and support for the team.
There will also be many opportunities for employers and the private sector to get involved and directly impact the work of the Group - an employer event will be held in due course to update everyone about what is involved and how you can support - we will let you know as soon as possible when that will be.