Job Vacancies: DYW School Coordinator (secondary schools)

  • Locations: Secondary schools throughout Wester Ross, Lochaber and Skye & Lochalsh (Ullapool, Lochaber, Ardnamurchan, Mallaig, Portree and Plockton)
  • Hours: Part-time, Monday to Friday, School Term Time
  • Salary: £23,000 per annum, pro-rata
  • Contract type: All positions are fixed-term until 31st March 2021, with a view to extend pending funding agreement and satisfactory performance. Secondments will also be considered.
  • How to apply: To apply, please email [email protected] by 5pm on 4th January 2021, attaching your CV and covering letter (or video) detailing how your knowledge, skills and experience fit the criteria of the position.
  • Please include the schools within your own commuting distance.


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) (ESSB) 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 regional West Highland group is hosted by Lochaber Chamber of Commerce, which is funded by the Scottish Government.  DYW West Highland covers nines secondary schools in the catchment area of Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross. These schools include Lochaber, Mallaig, Kinlochleven, Ardnamurchan, Kilchuimen, Plockton, Portree, Gairloch and Ullapool.

Further Information

  • The role is classed as ‘Regulated Work’ A Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) membership is required (application to the scheme will made by the Chamber of Commerce upon conditional offer of the post).
  • The role is School Term Time only based on the Highland Council school term dates.
  • The role requires flexibility to respond to the needs of our stakeholders which may require occasional work on evenings and some weekends for events.
  • The role also includes any other duties as appropriate to the post and changes to grant funding requirements.
  • All of the responsibilities and duties are to be carried out according to Lochaber Chamber of Commerce’s standards, policies and procedures.
  • In the current circumstance working from home may be required.


Applicants will not be excluded on the grounds of sex, gender reassignment, pregnancy, maternity, race, marital status, disability, age, religion, belief or sexual orientation.

Candidates who consider themselves to be disabled in terms of the Equality Act 2010, and who meet the essential minimum criteria for the post, will be guaranteed an interview. Please make us aware in the email application. We will also ensure that we consider and implement any reasonable adjustments a candidate may require to attend for interview or during the course of employment, should they be successful in securing a post.

The Role

The main role of a DYW School Coordinator will be to support senior leaders in the school to embed the Developing the Young Workforce Strategy and other employer offers within the curriculum. They will create and implement a structure for employer engagement which reflects the school’s demographic, regional and local DYW plans and maintain a robust network of partners within the local business community. In doing so they support school leadership teams in fulfilling national priorities around employability and enterprise, Career Education Standard and Work Placement Standard.

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

Responsible to

The DYW School Coordinator is responsible to the DYW West Highland Board. Direct Line Management is with the Progamme Lead within the DYW Executive Team.

Main Accountabilities

The focus of the role is to develop and implement a programme of employer engagement aimed at enhancing the curriculum and increasing pupils’ career awareness, employability and meta skills development.

Key Work Areas

  • Develop DYW agenda across whole school through pupil focused delivery in conjunction with school management.
  • Develop partnerships and networks with the DYW Network, Business Community, Key Stakeholders and Education to support the delivery of the DYW agenda in the school.
  • Monitor and review DYW activity against School and Regional DYW objectives and targets.
  • Provide leadership on promoting DYW objectives and activities through engagement with regional/national programmes and other DYW practitioner networks.

Download person specification here.

For further details relating to these posts, please contact Colleen MacLean, Operations Manager – [email protected]