An Insight into Developing the Young Workforce Event

An Insight into DYW was hosted by the DYW Tay Cities team in order to bring together employers to learn more about the opportunities they can provide young people. The event was held on 17th January 2023 at the Apex Hotel.  Businesses who are already engaged with DYW and businesses who are interested in supporting young people were invited to attend and network on arrival then DYW Tay Cities delivered a presentation on the activities business can support, how to sign up to YPG and some of our successes over the last year.  Then a panel session with Q&A from the audience commenced. On the panel was Mark Fleming from Dundee City Council who discussed in further detail how businesses can support work experience placements. Lucinda Mason from Dundee & Angus College who discussed the apprenticeship programme and Susan Burgess & Jess Miller from MCR pathways who discussed mentoring.  The event saw success with attendance from around 30 people from 15 local business around the Tay Region. There was some wonderful discussion around the challenges businesses can face when supporting young people and how they could be better supported by the DYW Team and Supporting agencies in order to deliver more opportunities for young people.  The event was a good use of time to encourage new businesses to engage with DYW through hearing about the varying different activities they can support whilst also getting to hear from businesses who are actively engaged and take on their suggestions. Businesses who are actively engaged found this a great event to share best practice with other businesses and share both challenges and successes. Lucy Jobson Natalia Greszta Lucinda Mason - D&A College “It was great to meet lots of inspiring people this morning at the DYW networking event, and even better to listen to all the great ideas and questions floating around. Food for thought for sure. We need more of this going forward. These opportunities for collaboration are so helpful and can only help us to make even better decisions to support our young people!”