Developing the Young Workforce (DYW)

What is Developing the Young Workforce (DYW)?

Today, in Scotland we have 53,000 young people, not in work and not in education, waking up each morning wondering if their community has any need for them.

Even as the economy continues to recover, youth unemployment continues to be a challenge and is a major social and economic issue.

Developing the Young Workforce is a seven-year programme that aims to better prepare children and young people from 3–18 for the world of work and tackle youth unemployment.

This programme builds on the foundations already in place as part of Curriculum for Excellence.

The programme’s headline aim is to reduce youth unemployment by 40% by 2021.

For more information you can access the Education Working For All! Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce Final Report and full strategy response below:

DYW at Alva Academy

In response to the proposals set in The Wood Commission Report by Sir Ian Wood, Alva Academy is committed to taking forward the recommendations of ‘Developing the Young Workforce’, Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy.


Staff Involved

DHT: Mr Forrester

PT Developing the Young Workforce (x2): Mrs O’Hara & Miss McLean

Pupil Support Team: Mr Bradbury, Miss Gibson & Miss Grant

Careers Advisor: Chris Thom

Alva Academy has employed 2 Principal Teachers of DYW. Their role is to:

  • develop and enhance the Broad General Education and Senior Phase to incorporate a more industry influenced focus on employability.
  • create partnerships with businesses in order to achieve better co-ordination between school and the world of work to ensure young people at all levels of education understand the expectations of employers, and that employers are properly engaged
  • improve positive destinations at Alva Academy by focussing on Career Education, Careers Advice, teacher learning and an increase in vocational pathways.

A DHT is also responsible for Developing the Young Workforce and Management of college links and work placement programmes.

We have managed to develop links with several organisations in the local area – however, we are always on the look out for more businesses to get involved and help with school initiatives and work placements. It is important we work on building sustainable relationships with industry to enhance the development of skills for work and ensure our young people (your future workforce) are work ready! Please get in touch if you would like to partner with the school in any way. 

Useful Links for Pupils and Parents

DYW Twitter Page                          

My World of Work                          

Be What You Want                         

PlanIT Plus                                    

Apprenticeships in Scotland            


Barclays Life Skills                         

Skills Development Scotland           

National Parent Forum Scotland Documentation:

DYW Ambassador