Developing the Young Workforce
Who we are and what we do
DYW Fife is an employer led, regional group, set up to build local connections between businesses and education to ignite opportunities for Fife’s young people and help prepare them for the world of work.
Although there is no ‘one size fits all’ for business engagement, the DYW programme allows organisations to work flexibly with schools and find ways to engage which suit their business needs. Similarly, educational organisations work with businesses to support students in a way which meets their individual needs and aspirations.
To help develop these relationships Amanda Liddell has joined Fife Chamber as DYW Business Engagement Executive.
What can DYW do for you?
- Raise your local profile
- Share your experiences
- Understand the next generation of workers
- Unearth local talent
Young Person's Guarantee
We already have great Fife businesses who have signed up to the Young Person's Guarantee and are looking for more. If you are providing opportunities mentioned or engaging with Young people through work experience, mentoring or industry insight then you are already supporting the YPG, so why not pledge your support?
Are you interested in joining the YPG and pledging support? If so, please have a look at the guide and proforma. DYW Fife and the Young people of Fife would really appreciate your support.
To discuss how your organisation can support the YPG further please contact Amanda.
You can download the YPG proforma at the end of this article
17th May 2022
It's been a busy few weeks!
I've been out and about meeting employers and talking to them about DYW, and what developing the young workforce is truly all about! I have also been supporting the “Lets Go Fife” programme at Dunfermline High School. The programme is running in 7 schools across Fife. It's a great event supported by both partners and employers.
I've also been planning another event - how exciting! All will be revealed soon!😊.
P.s - There's still time to book up for Cake, Coffee and Careers!
27th April 2022
Over the last two weeks, I have been out meeting with employers in the local area to discuss DYW and share all the exciting opportunities with them. I'm delighted to say that I also have my 2nd DYW event taking place on the 16th of June. It's free and open to everyone. So, come along and learn more about how you can support Fife's young people on their journey into the world of work. And the cherry on the top, is that there will be free cake and coffee for all!
To find out more or register click here.
11th April 2022
I have been following up with more employers who came along to the DYW Breakfast Event, some great opportunities coming in for Fife's young people!
I have also been finalising the details for the next event, that I can’t wait to share with you, so watch your inbox for more information.
15th March 2022
What can I say? The very first DYW event was a resounding success, thank you once again to everyone who took the time out of their day to join us. I have been following up with you all as employers and to those of you who have said they would like to support Fife’s young talent, I'm looking forward to meeting each of you in person soon.
I also attended the recent Fife Tourism event that was held at the Dean Park hotel. Another great event where I made lots of great new contacts.
2nd March 2022
I'm putting the final touches to the presentations for tomorrow's Employer Breakfast. If you aren't able to come along, remember I'm always happy to meet with Fife employers to discuss all things DYW. You can email me at [email protected].
16th February 2022
It's 2 weeks on Thursday till the DYW Employer Breakfast and my anticipation is growing!
The Dean Park Hotel have been great at accommodating everything we want to do to make this a very special event. If you haven't already, don't forget to sign up for the opportunity to find out more about what Developing the Young Workforce offers employers as well as young people.
Local employer Foodmek is going to be sharing their journey with DYW. In the meantime, you can get an insight into their experience in this video.
If you just can't make it on Thursday 3rd March, get in touch with me to arrange a chat to discuss the ways your business can get involved.
I can't believe it's February!
January proved to be a busy month; it's been great catching up with so many Fife employers and talking about the ways they can support Fife's young people and connect with their future workforce.
I've also been busy working with The Dean Park Hotel to make sure the Employer Breakfast on Thursday 3rd March goes smoothly. I'm delighted that so many Fife employers are interested in coming along to find out more about Developing the Young Workforce and hear about the positive experience of businesses who have already got involved. Drop me a line or book on the website if you'd like to grab a breakfast roll, hear from our speakers and chat with fellow Fife business owners.
The recent Fife Chamber Rising Stars Dinner at the Fairmont was definitely the highlight of the past couple of weeks. The stories of the young people who spoke to the guests were both moving and inspiring.
In fact, so inspired were the Fife employers who joined us at the event that 14 companies who attended pledged their support for the young people of Fife. I've been busy since the dinner catching up with these amazing companies to push forward this initiative and putting them in touch with local schools.
I've been busy meeting employers in Fife to talk about DYW Fife and how Fife employers can get involved. This work has secured some fantastic work placements in a variety of industries.
Online, I've been highlighting the Young Person's Guarantee. This initiative is already bearing fruit with Fife businesses, but there's still time to get involved.
I'm looking forward to Friday's Rising Stars Dinner. This promises to be an inspirational event, as well as an opportunity to catch up with Fife employers and support Fife Chamber.
During the October break I've concentrate on meeting more Fife business and finding out more about what they do and the ways they can get involved with DYW Fife. I'm delighted to say that employers have committed to work placements as well as career and industry talks.
One of these businesses was Bike Works, with whom I spent some informative and productive time.
I’ve been busy lately meeting Fife Schools’ DYW Co-ordinators and a whole range of local businesses.
One highlight was a fab meeting with Andrew from Peachykeen. Andrew was very interested in DYW and the opportunities he can offer schools and young people.
Our new DYW Fife banner has had a couple of outings lately, at Fife Chamber’s President’s Lunch and their Golf Challenge. These events offered a great opportunity to raise the profile of the work of DYW Fife.
I’m looking forward to meeting more potential employers looking to support DYW, so watch this space!
DYW Fife are backing the Young Person’s Guarantee and need more businesses and organisations in Fife to pledge their support. The YPG is a commitment to bring together employers, partners, and young people. Young people aged 16-24 in Scotland will be provided with the opportunity of a job, placement, training, or volunteering with employers.
Look out for upcoming Employer Webinars which offer training and support for all Fife businesses who employ young people.
Following a recent Fife Chamber Maximise Your Benefits event, Tracy Watt of charity Held in our Hearts got in touch. Tracy and I had a fruitful virtual meeting, after which Tracy has come back with a couple of fantastic opportunities for local schools to get involved in the charity’s work.
I continue to virtually meet Fife school DYW coordinators, who are keen to develop closer and stronger links with local employers.
Local employer The Purvis Group are taking part in the DYW Fife initiative Business Insights Films. You can watch their video here.
- Building better links into local schools and communities to raise your business profile
- Creating a clear pipeline of talent for businesses and access to positive career experiences for young people
- Develop relationships and insight which offer added value, cost savings and maximised efficiency across your business
Made in Fife is back for 2022!
Following the success of the first Made in Fife campaign last year, Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Fife are once again on the lookout for volunteers and nominations for people from Fife to take part in our regional campaign which showcases and celebrates successful careers and successful people from across Fife.
DYW Fife brings together local schools, colleges and businesses to offer skills development and learning opportunities, advice and support for young people to flourish as they progress into the world of work.
Engaging with local people, the Made in Fife campaign looks to inspire Fife’s young people to career success by celebrating the career paths of people from the region and how they have built the foundations for their working life in Fife.
To find out more about the campaign, or to volunteer or nominate someone you know to take part, please email Dionne Wood on [email protected] or send DYW Fife a message on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DevelopingYoungWorkforceFife), Twitter (https://twitter.com/dywfife) or LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/dyw-fife/).