Developing the Young Workforce logo - Edinburgh, Midlothian, and East Lothian

Developing the Young Workforce, Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy; asks business to be more involved in shaping and recruiting youth talent. Educators and businesses working together as co-investors to create a skilled workforce for Scotland’s future. This ask makes business sense.

What is Developing the Young Workforce?

Developing the Young Workforce, Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy; is about delivering a step change in employer engagement, making it easier for businesses to engage in a meaningful, appropriate and “outcome” driven way to help shape and recruit youth talent ensuring a positive destination for every young person in the region.

“Fundamentally, this is about ensuring a work relevant educational experience for our young people. It is about all of us valuing and understanding what a rich blend of learning, including vocational education, can offer. It is about employers playing an active role, both shaping and benefiting from Scotland’s education system by helping to create the talent pool they need and recruiting young employees. Ultimately, it is about the future workforce, our young people, making informed and ambitious choices about jobs and careers, ready to take their place in the world as effective contributors.”
Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills & Training

What’s happening in my region?

“The Regional Groups will lead and drive the change in employers’ engagement with schools and colleges and challenge and support employers to recruit more young people into their workforce”
Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, 2014

The Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian Regional Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Board is established and chaired by Sandy Begbie, Chief People Officer, Standard Life. The board and partners invite you to join us in achieving our two ambitions:

1: Deliver an improvement in employers’ engagement with schools and colleges in the region by encouraging and supporting more employers to actively collaborate with schools, colleges and other learning providers to better align skills supply and skills demand, which will result in delivering an increased economic and societal impact from investment.

2: Encourage and support employers to open up more job and development opportunities for young people, investing in their future careers, stimulating increased economic growth, productivity and earnings.

Developing the young workforce

Call to action

“We need to create better and more engagement between business and education. We need to do more to develop skills and to ensure business better understands what our educators are doing; and what business can do to support them.”