DEVELOPING the Young Workforce (DYW) North East has strengthened its links with all secondary school across the Aberdeen city region with the recruitment of eight new Employer School Coordinators.

Focused on implementing a programme of employer engagement that increases pupils’ career awareness and skills development, the new recruits will provide on the ground support to boost employer engagement and partnerships and facilitate 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 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.

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

“With 32 secondary schools across the region to partner with, 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.”