Developing the Young Workforce
Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) is a national programme that aims to better prepare children and young people for the world of work. The programme looks to build on the foundations laid by Curriculum for Excellence.
A government report known as the Youth Employment Strategy was published in December 2014 which summarised ambitions for local authorities, schools and partners to work towards under the following themes:
• Increasing the route from schools into employment, or further education which is closely linked to employment
• Engaging with young people, parents, teachers and practitioners, partners and employers around DYW
• Supporting teachers and practitioners to develop children's and young people's learning about the world of work
• Providing earlier relevant, labour-market focused career advice when young people need it, leading to better outcomes
• Embedding meaningful employer involvement
• Consolidating partnership working with colleges and other training providers
• Young people able to access more vocational options during the senior phase of secondary school, which delivers routes into good jobs and careers, developed through effective partnership between schools, colleges, local authorities and other partners
• Improving opportunities and experiences for all learners
• Development of foundation apprenticeships in schools
• Stronger partnerships between employers and education.
Within Thurso High School, Developing the Young Workforce has been embedded into our Personal and Social Education curriculum with units of work which seek to build each pupil’s knowledge of understanding of their strengths, transferable skills and personal targets and to prepare them as fully as possible for their individual post school aspirations.