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
DYW Employer Breakfast

DYW Employer Breakfast

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








Internet of Things - Industry Mentors

DYW Fife are working in collaboration with the Data Driven Innovation (DDI) team at the University of Edinburgh to support the rollout of the Internet of Things Sensor Networks. This network will be rolled out to 40+ schools across the South East Scotland city region over the next few months. 

Industry Mentors 

To support roll out, DDI are looking for industry partners across the city region who have skills and experience of data-rich and data-driven workplaces and can share how data is gathered and analysed in the world of work – connecting classroom learning to real world application. They are reaching out to businesses from a range of sectors across the city region to identify volunteer ‘industry mentors’ to work with each of the participating schools. 

The DDI team are holding an information session for those employers interested in finding out more on 13th January, 2-3pm. Find out more here.

You can read an initial overview of what's involved for industry volunteers here. This is an exciting new initiative and the programme is ideal for employers from any sector keen to engage with schools through a partnership and as part of a wider initiative that brings to life the applications of data and digital skills. 


Amanda's Diary

24th November

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.

Employer Pledge


9th November

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.

27th October

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.

Bike works

13th October

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 Banner


29th September:

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.

14th September:

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

Employer Webinars

DYW Employer Workshop: Delivering Meaningful Work Placements

Wednesday, 2 February 2022 09.30 to 12.00

DYW Employer Workshop: Remotely Onboarding Young People

Tuesday, 8 February 2022 13.30 to 16.00