Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) North East has deepened its links with secondary schools across Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire by further expanding its new team of employer school coordinators.

Six additional recruits have joined the eight coordinators who started with the DYW North East team in January, positioning the organisation to provide enhanced on-the-ground support to all 32 secondary schools across the region.

The team will be based in the schools - as and when access is permitted within the current CV19 guidelines – and will work with head teachers, the school’s designated DYW leads, SDS Careers Advisors and other partners to ensure a ‘no wrong door’ approach for young people.

Focused on implementing a programme of employer engagement which increases pupils’ career awareness and skills development, the coordinators will seek to boost employer engagement and partnerships, helping to provide a wealth of enriching career opportunities for young people.

The expanded team will action requests for employer input from partners and work with the schools to enhance employer engagement in the curriculum, while also ensuring any young person identified as requiring additional employers intervention to position them for a bright future is supported.

DYW bridges the gap between employers and education to help ensure positive career opportunities for young people. Investment in the employer school coordinators is part of the Scottish Government’s response to the economic recovery from CV19 and delivery of the Young Person’s Guarantee.

The Young Person’s Guarantee was launched in November and aims to give all young people the chance of a positive destination through the opportunity of a job, apprenticeship, further education, training or volunteering. Employers are being asked to consider whether they can get involved by providing opportunities in their area.

Mary Holland, director of DYW NE, said: “Young people are among the hardest hit by the CV19 crisis with unemployment numbers for 16-24 year olds potentially exceeding those that peaked during the 2008 financial crisis.

“The new additions to the team will allow DYW to add further value to both educators and the business community but, most significantly, to ensure young people are given the maximum support and opportunity available to them in order to continue into fulfilling careers."