confused woman at desk

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

Angela Vettraino

Angela Vettraino

DYW D&A Manager

I have worked in public, private and not for profit organisations in Scotland and abroad, and am delighted to be back in my home town working on this important initiative.

My background is in learning and organisational development and I understand the challenges that organisations can face in attracting and retaining staff, and making sure you have the skills you need to sustain, grow and deliver great service. I believe DYW can help organisations overcome these challenges and would love to hear from anyone interested in finding out more about us.

Ailsa Cormie

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

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!

Rachel McEwen

Rachel McEwen

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

I have a background in retail, the creative industries (particularly theatre) and working with young people in and out of formal education. I have worked across Scotland, but am a local girl, raised in Carnoustie.

I believe there is a career and a path for everyone, but sometimes you just need some help finding it, so if you are from any of these industries and are interested in talking about DYW, please get in touch.

Alison Rowan-McEwan

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

My experience of working for private, public and not for profit organisations here and abroad, has shown me the positive impact working together can have on building a sector and strengthening business success. With a background in training and communications, I am keen to work with you to discover what needs to be done and how we can work together to achieve a vibrant local economy.

So 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 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.

DYW Board Members

Like, share, tweet and keep up to date with all of the DYW Dundee & Angus action


If you would like to know more about DYW and the work we do, please subscribe to our newsletter below.