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    Developing the Young Workforce (DYW)

    Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) is a seven-year Government programme (2014-2021) that aims to better prepare young people for the world of work and reduce youth unemployment by 40%.


    In Levenmouth Academy we work on DYW through a range of activities in classrooms, extra curricular clubs and in a variety of personalised learning programmes.  Below you will find further information on some of these activities and advice on how to support your child(ren) and us to build their skills, confidence and awareness of progression pathways for life beyond school.


    These are the national documents "IN A NUTSHELL" from 'The National Parent Forum of Scotland' 

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    In Levenmouth Academy, Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) will be an integral part of the Curriculum, influencing both what and how courses and Wider Achievement opportunities are delivered. As a result, young people will gain access and support from some or all of the following professionals:

    · Class teachers

    · PT Pupil Support teachers

    · Senior Leadership Team/House Teams · Skills Development Scotland (SDS)

    · Community Learning and Development (CLD)

    · Further/Higher education professionals

    · Private and public sector employers

    · Third sector representatives All pupils are entitled to a Broad General Education (BGE) until the end of S3 with options to personalise choices made by pupils in S2 and S3. One of the aims of DYW is to provide pupils with the opportunity to develop skills for life, learning and work through a range of programmes/activities embedded into the S1-3 BGE curriculum.


    During the Senior Phase, the aim of DYW is to guide schools on the provision of appropriate Curriculum offerings and Wider Achievement opportunities, all designed to prepare pupils for further study and the world of work. There will be continuing focus on Career Education, with opportunities for all pupils to reflect on strengths and development needs and next steps as described in the DYW Work Placements Standard. Support

    from school staff and partners will also be given to pupils as they make their career choices, write applications and face many types of selection processes as they progress from education into the workplace or further studies.


    For young people

    Skills Development Scotland (SDS)

    SDS has developed a programme of support for young people as they progress through school. Each school will have a designated SDS Advisors who will work with groups of young people as well as individual pupils. SDS Advisors can also meet with parents to help support young people as they plan the transition from school to adult life.

    SDS has also created My World of Work, a useful careers resource for pupils and parents.

    Our Levenmouth Academy SDS advisors are: · Sharon.Lennie@sds.co.uk or Mob: 07920 418957 Kingslaw/Cotlands link · brian.mckenna@sds.co.uk or Mob: 07818 561637 Letham/Sandwell link

    Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)

    SCQF is Scotland’s national qualifications framework. The SCQF supports lifelong learning and can help:

    · people of all ages and circumstances to access appropriate education and training over their lifetime, so as to fulfil their personal, social and economic potential,

    · employers, learners and the general public to understand the full range of Scottish qualifications, how qualifications relate to each other and to other forms of learning, and how different types of qualification can contribute to improving the skills of the workforce. For more information visit the SCQF website.


    Fife schools can access various vocational courses through our link colleges. Visit the Colleges/Universities section to find out more.

    Community Learning & Development

    CLD staff may offer some programmes which focus largely on skills development to enhance the curriculum and allow for more individualised pathways for youngsters. CLD also offer programmes to aimed at those who are no longer in Secondary education and have not moved into Further/Higher Education.

    Career Ready

    Career Ready is a UK-wide charity which links employers with schools to open up the world of Work to young people. It involves pupils undertaking a 2 year programme during which time, pupils are supported by business mentors, attend Masterclasses exploring skills and qualities required in the world of Work and attend a 4-week long internship, during school holidays, between S5 and S6. More information can be found by visiting the Career Ready website or by speaking to school staff with the responsibility for managing the programme.

    Wider Achievement

    Depending on the school, opportunities to experience Wider Achievement opportunities may be accessed by pupils. A list of some of the current initiative being run in some Aberdeenshire schools is listed below:

    Princes Trust

    Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

     Saltire Award


    Supporting Documents

    Career Education Standard (3-18)

    This document contains the entitlements and expectations as well as examples of ‘I can’ statements to support practitioners in developing career education from 3-18. Click here to read more.


    Work Placements Standard and benchmarking tool

    The standard sets out the expectations for young people, employers, parents, schools and local authorities in advance, during and after a placement. Resources are in development to support schools and local authorities achieve the ambitions of the standard with the self-evaluation exercise and work placements toolkit already available.


    School/Employer Partnership Guidance – for schools, employers and local authorities

    These three documents support the aim of creating meaningful and productive partnerships in all secondary schools, highlighting the benefits and suggest practical steps. Click here to read more.


    Career Education Standard 3-18: Suite of learning resources

    This suite of resources is designed to support the expectations for teachers/practitioners set out on page 10 of the Career Education Standard (3-18).

    Learning Resource 1: Introduction to the Career Education Standard (3-18)

    Learning Resource 2: Introduction to the Labour Market Information

    Learning Resource 3: Introduction to the Career Management Skills

    Learning Resource 4: Introduction to My World of Work


    Useful Websites

    My World of Work

    My World of Work is your online career information and advice service and it’s packed full of activities and tools to help you confidently make the best decisions for you.

    There’s lots to do and explore and the more you tell the site about yourself, the more career ideas you’ll get just for you.

    Follow your ‘to do’ list which guides you through the site as you go through school

    Find out about yourself with About Me, Strengths and Skills

    Explore career suggestions matched to your personality

    Learn about routes into careers such as courses, training and apprenticeships

    Discover where your subject choices could take you

    Record and understand your skills and achievements

    Get help with CVs, applications and interviews

    Discover and explore at myworldofwork.co.uk


    No matter what stage you’re at, apprenticeships can help you get set for a bright future.

    Foundation Apprenticeships: kick start your career while you’re still at school

    Modern Apprenticeships: work, learn and earn and get the skills you need

    Graduate apprenticeships: get a job, get paid and get a degree at the same time. 

    Visit apprenticeships.scot to find the right apprenticeship for you.

    Digital World

    Digital World promotes the skills and training needed to work in Scotland’s tech sector. Through case studies, and online learning tools, the site inspires school pupils to become digital humans, people who are able to challenge convention and make a real difference in the world through technology and creativity. 

    Visit www.digitalworld.net to find out more!



    Support for Parents and Carers

    Everyone wants their child to have a happy and successful future. Research shows that as a parent or carer you have the biggest influence on your child’s career decisions. My Kid’s Career offers advice to help you give your child the support they need including:

    Jobs in demand – find out where the biggest job opportunities are in Scotland, now and in the future

    Routes and pathways – discover the different routes into those careers

    Career discussions – get hints and tips on speaking to your child about opportunities at the times that matter Smart choices, bright futures at mykidscareer.com.


     Archived documents

    DYW MWoW 2020-2021