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Developing the Young Workforce will help Highland school leavers take their next step

By Calum MacLeod

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Inverness Chamber of Commerce chief executive Stewart Nicol.
Inverness Chamber of Commerce chief executive Stewart Nicol.

School leavers uncertain about their next move can call on help and support from an industry-led educational body to take the first steps to a future career.

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Inverness and Central Highland is one of 21 regional boards across Scotland delivering the DYW Skills Academy to young people as they move into the world of work.

Stewart Nicol, chief executive of Inverness Chamber of Commerce, which hosts DYW Inverness and Central Highland, explained how it can help local youngsters facing the additional challenge of beginning their post-school lives in the wake of the pandemic crisis.

“Leaving school and deciding what to do next can be a daunting prospect for young people at the best of times. But with the pandemic causing unprecedented changes to education over the last year and a half, school leavers are facing even more challenges this summer," Mr Nicol said.

“The DYW Skills Academy has been designed to help inform school leavers of the options available to them – be that in the world of work or further education. It is our aim to empower young people in the Highlands to make choices that will benefit them in later life, and to provide access to the information and resources they need to meet their potential.

“DYW Inverness and Central Highland is led by industry professionals from a range of sectors and backgrounds, meaning young people and their parents and carers have access to an unparalleled pool of local knowledge and experience.

“We are looking forward to working with young people from across the region over the coming weeks to help them find the right next step for them.”

The DYW Skills Academy provides access to a range of resources to empower young people to become industry ready. School leavers can access a specialist suite of video content provided by industry experts on a range of topics, including life sciences, creative industries, financial services, and energy and engineering.

Alongside introductions to various sectors, the DYW Skills Academy also allows young people access to e-learning resources, virtual mock interviews, and CV checks by experienced recruiters and employers.

Developing the Young Workforce Inverness and Central Highland is part of a national framework of regional employer-led boards across Scotland. Formed as part of the Scottish Government’s youth employment strategy, the group’s aim is to develop sustainable links between schools, colleges and employers. Working in partnership with employers, DYW Inverness & Central Highland is shape the workforce of the future and helping to better prepare young people for the world of work.

The DYW Skills Acdemy programme can be accessed at www.dyw.scot/skills-academy.html.

For more information, visit www.dywich.co.uk or follow DYW Inverness & Central highland on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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