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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 much of my career 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.

Rachel Jackson

Digital Administrator

I joined the DYW D&A team to continue to help people, but in a new way, having worked in the third sector for two years since graduating from Abertay University in 2018. My background is in communications and community work therefore I am enthusiastic about promoting opportunities which can improve young people’s futures and wellbeing. I am using my experience of digital administration and marketing within the team, to find creative ways  of ensuring all our young people across Dundee and Angus know about the opportunities available.

If you are interested in how DYW can help to promote your opportunities for young people, please get in touch.

Lynn Cunningham

Employer Liaison Advisor

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.

If you 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

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 are interested in how DYW can support your business or are looking to give back to your community then please get in touch.

Michael Gibson

Employer Liaison Advisor

Having worked in the employability sector since 2018, I am the newest member of the DYW Team having joined in August 2020.  I’m a proud Dundonian and firmly believe that creating more opportunities for young people, unlocking potential and bridging the skills gap are key to improving the economic and social wellbeing of Dundee and Angus. My main interests are music: attending festivals and gigs and buying records – you’ll find me rummaging through the vinyl section of record stores most weekends; and hill-walking, having recently become somewhat obsessed with the noble pursuit of Munro-bagging!

If you are interested in how DYW can support your business or are looking to give back to your community, please get in touch.

DYW Board Members


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