What is DYW?
Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Borders is one of 21 Regional Groups across Scotland set up to bridge the gap between education and the world of work. Established in January 2017 we are an industry-led group with representation from key sectors and work in close partnership with Scottish Borders Council Education Department and Borders College. Based at Ettrick Riverside in Selkirk we are a team of 3 who encourage all businesses, regardless of size or sector, to get involved. Working with young people from age 3 to 24 we aim to strengthen links between business and education to help young people be more work-ready and aware of the opportunities and pathways available to them.
Sara has vast experience in many different career sectors and has travelled widely using the skills she has gained. This combined with 14 years experience as a Careers Adviser and DYW Consultant lends itself well to the role. Passionate about bridging the gap between employers and education Sara puts people at the centre of what she does and is committed to improving positive outcomes for young people through getting things done.
Aileen is a true Borderer, has spent her career working for international businesses, mostly in the Manufacturing sector. Acutely aware of the skills shortage in the region she is looking forward to bring industry and education closer and being able to ensure our young people are aware of the different career opportunities available in the local area. She has the ability to spot talent, encourage development and track progress in people ensuring they remain engaged.
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Imogen has a strong interest in making a change for young people and helping to create better opportunities within the Borders. She is organised, efficient and ensures all administration duties are dealt with promptly. Coming from a retail background with both customer facing and head office experience, Imogen can work under pressure ensuring the best possible outcome is always achieved.
Our employer led board is comprised of representation from both the public and private sector and incorporates employers from a broad range of industries. Chaired by Gavin Yuill, Managing Director of Camerons Strachan Yuill Architects, the board work with the Programme Team to shape the strategic direction and support the delivery of our work.