DYW Summer Leavers 2020 Programme

Developing the Young Workforce has created a jam packed programme of content aimed at supporting young people leaving school this summer to take their next steps in life. An online portal E-DYW has been created, it is a One-Stop-Shop for young people, educators, employers, parents/carers that can be accessed at https://www.dyw.scot/. It will include multiple resources from private and public sector bodies to provide support to young people leaving school this year.


A series of sessions have also been created to support both young people, parents and carers delivered through our Scotland’s Biggest Parents’ Events and DYW Skills Academy.

Scotland’s Biggest Parents’ Event (SBPE)

Developing the Young Workforce are excited to launch our first virtual Scotland’s Biggest Parents’ Event Series!

Our Scotland’s Biggest Parents’ Events are a series of four broadcasts running throughout the summer, which will allow parents, carers and guardians to hear about the things that matter to them right now.

The events will provide parents and carers with information about options and next steps for young people, including where they can go to make informed judgements to support their young person’s next steps.

With input from a range of experts covering topics such as exams, mental health, apprenticeships, skills development and pathways into industry, the events aim to provide a message of reassurance and optimism to parents and carers at this challenging time. Registration for Scotland’s Biggest Parents’ Event can be completed through clicking https://www.dyw.scot/sbpe.html

Below is a road map of what the four SBPE broadcasts will look like and what each one will cover:

The first event will be particularly beneficial to young people who have just left, or are about to leave school as it will provide an opportunity to hear from a range of experts from organisations such as Young Scot, the Scottish Qualifications Authority as well as directly from employers. The other three scheduled events are as follows:

  • SPBE Event 1 – Pathways to Industry (7th July)
  • SPBE Event 2 – Vocational Pathways (21st July)
  • SPBE Event 3 –  #NoWrongPath to Industry (4th August)
  • SPBE Event 4 – Pathways to Priority Industries (15th September)

DYW Skills Academy: Get Industry Ready

DYW have made a commitment to deliver a DYW Skills Academy: Get Industry Ready experiences over the month of July and August which includes delivering a series of virtual activities and employability experiences for young people leaving school summer 2020. Alongside this there will be wider access to virtual experiences through E-DYW.

Who is the DYW Skills Academy for?

Certain elements are open to all young people, others are more targeted to young people looking to progress into employment/social mobility and those applying for jobs and apprenticeships. The e-learning and mock interviews/CV checks are only for those progressing into employment from school as a priority.

Young people will have from the week commencing 23rd June12th July to register for the DYW Skills Academy and this can be done via www.dyw.scot/skills-academy.

Below is a road map of the DYW Skills Academy series of virtual activities and employability experiences:

The online, Skills Academy will run throughout the months of July and August consisting of industry career talks, skills sessions, E-Learning, the #NoWrongPathCampaign and job application guidance, comprising of a virtual mock interview, CV and cover letter feedback.

We are very excited to offer the Summer Leavers 2020 Programme to our young people in the West Highlands and hope to see many young people sign up!

For more information regarding how to sign up to the DYW Summer Leavers 2020 Programme please visit https://www.dyw.scot/ or contact the DYW West Highland team on: info@dywwesthighland.org / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn