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What Is DYW?

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Dundee and Angus is one of 21 regional DYW groups across Scotland. We help implement the Scottish Government DYW strategy, which aims to reduce youth unemployment and help young people get the right skills and experiences to move from education into employment.

We work to bring businesses and education closer together. This helps young people become more work ready through taking part in quality work-related activities, growing work-based learning like apprenticeships and collaborating on work- focused curriculum.

All DYW groups are industry-led. We respond to the needs of the local labour market and work with employers and education to help meet these. Our work helps young people, supports employers of all sizes to meet their workforce needs and ultimately helps grow the local economy.

Meet The Team

Hilary Roberts

DYW Manager

I joined the DYW D&A team in February 2019 following many years working in economic development for local authorities. My background is in marketing but I have spent the last 9 years in a business supporting role, helping businesses, especially in the food & drink and tourism sectors, to grow and thrive. I also have a passion for theatre and the performing arts. having worked with businesses of all sizes I understand how important it is to be able to source staff with the right skills for the job.

I’m a strong believer in collaboration as a key to success so if you would like to have a chat about how DYW can help you, please get in touch.

Ailsa Cormie

Employer Liaison Advisor: Administration, Business Services, Care, Health, Hospitality and Tourism

I have worked in public, private and not for profit organisations in Scotland and have seen the issues that some sectors are having in recruiting high quality, resilient staff. I have a strong background in CSR and love working with businesses and education to find common ground where they can work together to benefit both.

If there is anyone in my industries who would like to get involved in DYW or even just ring up for a chat about what we do, please get in touch!

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Lynn Cunningham

Employer Liaison Advisor: Creative, Cultural, Digital, Sport, Leisure, Retail and Other

With previous experience in local government, private business and the third sector across Dundee and Angus, I understand the importance of having a local talent pool and skilled workforce. Helping young people identify career opportunities and linking them to business is critical for their future career paths as well as helping business grow and flourish.

The sectors I specifically lead on are, cultural, creative retail, sports and the armed services. If you’re focused on one of these industries and are interested in how DYW can support your business or are looking to give back to your community, please get in touch.

Marthe Handling

Employer Liaison Advisor: Construction, Manufacturing, Energy, Science, Food & Drink and Landbased

I joined the DYW D&A team in September 2019 as an Employer Liaison Advisor. Since graduating from Dundee University with a degree in Politics and International Relations I have worked in the Third Sector. I am really looking forward to connecting with the college, local schools and employers across Dundee and Angus to see how we can best work together to try and reduce youth unemployment and help prepare young people with the relevant skills and experiences to move from education into employment.

If you’re focused on one of these industries and are interested in how DYW can support your business or are looking to give back to your community then please get in touch.

Melissa Craig

Employer Liaison Administrator

I have a background in retail and administration, most recently working within Dundee and Angus College.

I think everyone should be offered the right opportunities in life to succeed no matter what they want to achieve. That’s why I’m eager to help young people in our area achieve this, through my role in the DYW team.

Please contact me if you have any general queries about DYW.

Lottie Reardon

Modern Apprentice

I joined the DYW D&A team in July 2017 as a modern apprentice. I’m really enjoying my role as I’m learning on the job and putting what I learn into practice. Before joining the team I was home schooled for 3 years. My interests are painting, baking and playing guitar.

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