DYW Employer School Coordinators

Do you want to be part of a team who bridges the gap between employers and education to help young people find fulfilling careers?

Established in 2014 the Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) North East group is one of a network of industry led groups, funded by Scottish Government, to increase and strengthen employer engagement with young people. Through engagement with thousands of employers DYW has already enriched the school experience for tens of thousands of young people.

The recently published Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board and Young Person Guarantee No One Left Behind reports, recommend additional capacity should be added to the ongoing work of DYW. DYW North East are recruiting a number of DYW Employer School Coordinators to work with every public secondary school in the North East.

The DYW Employer School Coordinators will work, with schools and other agencies, to develop and implement a programme of employer engagement aimed at increasing pupils’ career awareness and skills development as part of realising the Young Person Guarantee for all young people in Scotland.

If you have a passion for inspiring the next generation, a track record of working with education & employability programmes, are enthusiastic and flexible with a “can do” attitude then this role might be for you.

The ability to engage with employers and the business community across all sectors is key to this role, as is working as part of a wider team to ensure delivery on programme performance indicators.

Following completion of a central DYW induction programme these posts will be based in agreed secondary schools in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Each Coordinator will work within at least two schools. The posts will be broadly based on a term time contract and a PVG will be required.

View the job guidelines in full below.

To apply, send an email to sandra.morrison@agcc.co.uk before November 5 with your CV and a statement about why you think you’d be right for the role.

Job Guidelines

Job title: Developing the Young Workforce Employer School Coordinator (Secondary)

Reporting to: DYW Programme Officer

Reporting to you: N/A

Location: Within school(s) allocated to work with

Date reviewed: October 2020

Background: Established in 2014 the Developing the Young Workforce regional groups are a network of 21 industry led groups tasked with strengthening employer engagement with education. The groups work to support pupils in Scotland’s publicly funded secondary schools. Through engagement with a network of over 4000 employers they have enriched the school experience for tens of thousands of young people.

The strengthening of the role of the regional DYW groups was outlined in recommendations published by the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board (2020) and the Young Person Guarantee No One Left Behind (2020). The ESSB recommendations identified a need to add capacity through the introduction of funded DYW regional school coordinators across all secondary schools.

The main role of a DYW Employer School Coordinator will be to support the schools to operationally deliver employer involvement in all aspects of the Developing the Young Workforce plan. They will create and implement a structure for employer engagement which reflects the school’s demographic and maintain a robust network of partners within the local business community. In doing so they will support the school in fulfilling national priorities around employability, Career Education Standard and Work Placement Standard.

By paying close attention to local and national employment data and fostering good relationships, DYW Coordinators identify opportunities for collaborative working focussed on better outcomes for young people.

DYW North East: DYW North East is one of the 21 industry-led regional groups, working with Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire local authority secondary schools. It bridges the gap between employers and education to help young people find fulfilling careers and facilitates relationships between employers and education.

Job role: The focus of the role is to develop and implement a programme of employer engagement aimed at increasing pupils’ career awareness and skills development to ensure they can move into a sustained positive destination. In addition, the role will work with the school to enhance the employer engagement in the curriculum.

Facilitate and support employer engagement in support of the delivery of the school DYW and improvement plans

Act as a single point-of-contact for schools in terms of employer engagement:

- Build up strong and trustworthy relationships with school staff and other delivery partners within the schools

- Work with the schools to understand their needs for employer engagement

- Build relationship with employers already engaging with the schools, understanding their motivations to engage and what they have to offer

- Identify, facilitate and then monitor any engagement activities between schools and employers

- Review, refresh and expand the strategic partnership agreements between schools and employers facilitated by DYW

- Identify opportunities for employers to develop apprenticeships, signposting the businesses to supporting organisations as appropriate

Pupil focussed delivery - targeted employer engagement

Working with school pastoral support/guidance teachers, DYW staff, SDS Careers advisors, other third sector providers and Community & Learning Development and employability teams to identify young people who would most benefit from increased employer engagement and then facilitating the employer aspect of these interventions.

- Work alongside SDS careers advisor, Community Learning & Development, opportunities for all coordinators and MCR coordinators (where applicable) to ensure that employer offers are targeted at the pupils who would benefit most

- Work as part of the wider DYW group to ensure that support is targeted at groups aligned to DYW KPIs

- Work with key local partners and stakeholders to provide industry led activity which will support pupils post school transition and engage with Youth Guarantee services

- Support wider ambition for Foundation Apprenticeships Level 4/5/6

- Ensure that DYW is appropriately highlighted and embedded across each stage of the curriculum in the senior phase

Partnerships and networks

- Work in partnership with school staff, SDS and other providers to bring coherence to the DYW/employability/offers available to young people

- Proactively collate information on all DYW and wider programmes available to ensure promotion of relevant opportunities within the wider school community i.e. pupils, teachers, parents

- Liaise with relevant staff to support Work Experience and Career Ready Programmes by sourcing placements and relevant employer interventions

- Support teaching staff to deliver meaningful industry relevant experiences and qualifications

- Foster and establish partnerships with businesses, other learning providers e.g. colleges and third sector organisations.

- Liaise with the appropriate Senior Management Team and Principal Teachers to support DYW priorities identified in School Improvement Plans.

Monitoring and review

- Ensure timeous capture of all work inspiration activities and interventions delivered with the school in the DYW regional groups CRM system, including changes in Strategic partnerships, to align with the DYW national KPIs

- Manage all reporting of school activity and data associated with DYW (in relation to both National and local KPI's), while providing evidence of activity at key stages throughout the year

- Increase participation across the whole school in work inspiration and work experience activity with particular reference to those furthest away from the labour market

- Work with the school to increase the number of businesses/employers working directly with the school to improve opportunities for young people

- Undertake regular review and evaluation of programmes and activities associated with DYW


- Participate in existing, or support the development of, a school DYW working group which supports the DYW objectives within the school and those included within the school improvement plan

- Be the lead for the school(s) in engaging with Marketplace, Founders4Schools and E-DYW to optimise all opportunities available to pupils regionally and nationally

- Work as a part of a DYW Coordinators network to create specialisms to develop and deliver to all schools

Internal engagement

- Provide regular updates to the Manager of progress and activities delivered

- Work with the wider DYW regional team in sharing good practice and identifying opportunities

Person specification - skills ability and knowledge, personal qualities and qualifications and experience



A track record of project delivery and experience allied to education and employability.

Knowledge and understanding of Broad General Education/Senior Phase curriculum offer and delivery

Confident networking, influencing and interpersonal skills

Knowledge of post school transitions for young people, including those with additional support needs

Passion for the DYW agenda and inspiring the next generation

Knowledge or experience in / of education and local government

Knowledge of the careers/work experience/apprenticeships landscape and employment climate

Knowledge of marketing and events

Ability to manage and prioritise own workload, working as part of a team to ensure delivery of KPIs

The ability to engage with employers and business community across all sectors

Awareness and understanding of DYW legislation and priorities, including Career Education Standards

Ability to manage and exceed expectations of employers and schools

IT literate with good MS Office skills with particular attention to detail and accuracy

Familiar with the use of Customer Relationship Database

Strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills

A team player

Enthusiastic and flexible with a “can do” attitude

Full UK driving licence and access to a vehicle to travel locally

Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scotland Certification to be in place prior to taking up post

Proven track record of working with employers/education/young people or employability experience

Experience of working with a broad range of stakeholders

These job guidelines are not designed to be definitive but a guide to your role. They will be reviewed annually at appraisal and your role will reflect the demands of the business. You may take on responsibility for other aspects of the business activity outside your core remit in line with your responsibilities as a member of flexible project teams.