Developing Young Workforce

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Content updated January 2017


The commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce was set up in Jan 2013 to consider:

  • How a high quality intermediate vocational education and training system works with the current Scottish higher education system to enhance economic growth with a skilled workforce.
  • How to achieve better connectivity and cooperation between education and the world of work.
  • How to achieve real partnerships between employers and education.

The commission published its final report:
Education Working For All, in June 2014.

Developing the Young Workforce – Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy was published in Dec 2014.

The strategy and the implementation plan is the Government’s response to Education Working for All and sets out milestones over a seven-year period with the aim of improving outcomes for all young people by 2021.


Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) is providing our young people with the toolset and pathways either through vocational or further education so that they can achieve meaningful employment.

This is done through a variety of activities within Dalziel High School which build on key skills in particular within our strong STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) programme. Some of these activities are supported by our business partnerships.


Opportunities are available for our young people to develop key skills required for the world of work. This is delivered in:

  • Skills developed in STEM programme of activities
  • Skills developed through PSE (Personal & Social Education) and enterprise programme
  • Vocational courses pathways
  • Work Experience programme
  • Careers events at schools
  • Key skills and qualification requirements for employment embedded within lessons across the curriculum. Pilot programme currently underway in Science

Key skills that Dalziel High School focus on through curriculum and activities are:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Problem Solving
  • Thinking
  • Working with Others
  • ICT
  • Leadership
  • Creativity
  • Enterprise
  • Employability

At Dalziel High School we have a created strong partnerships with business. We have a strong partnership with global energy company, Amec Foster Wheeler.

The partnership is now in its 4th year and the main purpose of the partnership was to enhance knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and encourage young people to pursue employment using these skills through the vocational and higher education routes. This aligns with the DYW requirements.

Amec Foster Wheeler supports the STEM activities within the school in addition to mentoring the Nat 4 engineering and Foundation Apprenticeship engineering pupils, are offered paid work placements in their facility in Aberdeen.

Dalziel High School have recently established a strong link with finance company Morgan Stanley. They are providing work experience placements, providing staff in service in relation to career opportunities and CV development and preparation.


At Dalziel High School we offer a variety of vocational courses:

  • Childcare at Cardonald College
  • Nat 4 Engineering – This is provided at New College Lanarkshire on every Wednesday afternoon and is offered to S4 pupils. The 2 year course has been condensed into a 1 year course and our business partner, Amec Foster Wheeler mentor and support the pupils in addition to supply the PPE necessary. This course is now in its 3rd year of delivery and pupils who have obtained this qualification have gone on to achieve success in Arkwright Scholarships, Foundation Apprenticeships.
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering – There are currently 4 pupils (S6) who are now in their second year of a Foundation Apprenticeship at EKGTA in East Kilbride. On completion the pupils will gain access to the 2nd year of a Modern Apprenticeship on leaving school.

Scott Simpson (S6) Pupil Says:

Thanks to the schools STEM programme and business partnership with Amec Foster Wheeler I have been given the opportunity to do something I never imagined I could because of my dyslexia.
As a consequence of this I now know that I have a passion for engineering and this is the path I want to take when I leave school.
Doing the Foundation Apprenticeship course in Engineering has opened up new pathways for my career!


Dalziel High School have had recognition on a Scottish and UK basis with winning some coveted awards as shown below:

  • Responsible Business Awards 2015 – Amec Foster Wheeler and Dalziel High School were shortlisted in the Schools Partnership Award
  • TES Schools Awards – Dalziel High School were finalists in the STEM Team of the year.
  • Education Business Awards 2015 – STEM Provider of the year. and Partnership Award Highly Commended
  • SQA Star Awards 2015 – Dalziel High School and Amec Foster Wheeler won Partnership of the Year and the Pride O’Worth Award
  • Education Business Awards 2016 – STEM and Partnership Award Highly Commended
  • Education Investor Awards 2016 – Dalziel High School & Amec Foster Wheeler Education Partnership of Year

Click the link below to download the DYW STEM Programme


Click the link below to download the DYW Careers Programme