Business briefings to boost employability

Archived news: published on Monday 30 May 2016 by Fife Council

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW)

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW)

Preparing young people for the world of work
Getting more young Fifer’s into work is a top priority for Fife Council. The Council works closely with Fife College and the business community to ensure that pupils across the region are well-prepared to meet the current and future needs of local, national and international employers.


As part of this ongoing partnership, a series of business briefings throughout Fife is underway to encourage even more of Fife’s great businesses, large or small, to work with young people, to get them ready for the world of work.


Fife is embracing Developing the Young Workforce (DYW), the national strategy for strengthening links between businesses and education. This initiative, led by the private sector, not only helps develop young people, it also helps business by developing their future workforce and continuing to grow the Fife economy.


Over 3,000 businesses in Fife are already engaged in getting people career-ready through Opportunities Fife and wider employability initiatives. Getting involved through DYW will give businesses further opportunities to link with schools and engage, inform and inspire young Fifers.


Fife Council’s Depute Leader and Spokesperson for Economy and Planning, Lesley Laird, said:“In Fife, werecognise the crucial role that schools play in preparing pupils for the world of work, but we know that it’s through partnership with the business community that we can make a real fundamental difference in equipping young people with key skills and knowledge by, for example, holding interview lessons, reinforcing the need for "soft skills" such as good communication, problem solving and teamwork, or offering work placements.


“These events are just some of the ways that we’re working with business to develop a highly skilled talent pool, help young people get work-ready and support skills development to further boost the local economy.”


Adam Dunkerley, Developing the Young Workforce and Opportunities Fife Partnership Manager, said: “Developed by business for business, we are linking employers with schools and colleges to boost business success in Fife and open up the world of work to young people. Businesses from small, local businesses to large, multi-nationals across private, public and voluntary sectors are already changing young people’s lives.


“Fife pupils can benefit from more frequent exposure to the workplace, so that they understand the practical and 'real life' application of their studies. That’s why we’re giving firms from across Fife an opportunity to find out more about how they can contribute to increasing young people’s employability, by hosting a number of events across the region over coming weeks.”


Why does employer engagement matter? Benefits for businesses of getting involved in Developing the Young Workforce:

  • Contribute to the preparation of a highly employable future workforce
  • Inspire young people to work for your company, or sector, to secure a talent flow
  • Build relationships with the next generation of employees and customers
  • Help young people develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge that they need for business
  • Harness the perspective and skills of young people to tackle business challenges
  • Shape the curriculum to ensure subjects are relevant to the workplace

How you or your business can get involved:

  • Speak at a school, about your career, business or industry
  • Host an on-site workplace visit
  • Attend a careers event, or help deliver an interview skills session
  • Become a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths) Ambassador
  • Raise awareness of job vacancies
  • Offer a work placement
  • Deliver masterclasses or mentoring
  • Take on a school-leaver Intern or Modern Apprentice

    If you are interested in finding out more, or getting involved in preparing the future workforce, please email

Fairmont Hotel, St Andrews, 31 May, 16:00 - 18:00
Fife College, St Brycedale Campus, Kirkcaldy, 7 June, 08:00 - 10:00
Lochgelly High School, Lochgelly, 14 June, 08:00-10:00
Dunfermline High School, Dunfermline, 21 June, 08:00-10:00
Auchmuty High School, Glenrothes, 28 June, 08:00-10:00

Lesley Laird, Councillor 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 24 64 Contact Lesley Laird online
By Post: Fife council, Fife House North Street, Glenrothes,KY7 5LT
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