Developing the Young Workforce - Glasgow
Developing the Young Workforce - Glasgow
Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) is the Scottish Government’s national strategy for strengthening links between businesses and education with the headline aim of reducing youth unemployment by 40% by 2021.

Current vacancies

DYW Programme Executive

  • Full time
  • Circa £30,000
  • Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 30 George SQ, Glasgow (currently home based)
  • Closing 14th May 2021

DYW Glasgow was one of the first regional working groups to be set up to decrease the levels of youth unemployment following the ‘Wood Report’ and has been established since 2014. This role is an opportunity to be part of a Scottish Government national youth employability and skills initiative. You will have a strong focus on education and business in Glasgow but also have the chance to carry out project work across Scotland all of which have strong youth employability focus.

The role involves developing and managing industry and education links, guiding, and supporting businesses to recruit young people. You will manage a broad portfolio of projects with multiple stakeholders, which supports the objectives of DYW Glasgow. You will be responsible for providing business engagement covering a range of activity including the development of formal Schools and Business Partnerships, broad industry links with education, promotion of the apprenticeship family as well as thematic work to support the city’s economic priorities. Key to the success of the role is a stakeholder engagement and relationship management with private, public and third sector stakeholders.

This is a demanding and externally facing role as part of the Projects Team within Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. This is an exciting opportunity to deliver innovative and potentially high-profile project activity within the business community and work in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders.

Job Description

The role will work to develop innovative and creative strategies to engage businesses in a full range of activities which support opportunity for young people utilising the findings of commissioned reporting as a guide and rationale. You will support those businesses to become engaged in a suite of activity to create lasting impact and influence the curriculum and increase employability for young people. The ideal candidates will be able work with a broad range of key stakeholders and businesses and have the ability identify, project manage and capitalise on opportunities. They will be a self-motivated individual who can manage a range of diverse projects and deliver an engagement plan for all stakeholders.

You will deliver this with guidance and leadership from the Project Manager and Programme Director.

Key Responsibilities

  • Working towards the fulfilment of pre-set KPIs, other performance indicators and set targets.
  • Use creative marketing and networking to involve industry in the delivery of activity which supports education in the programme of work.
  • Working with school coordinators and key partners in education services to provide a range of innovative DYW activity is delivered across schools in the city and ensuring that those most of need of interventions are offered them.
  • Develop effective relationships and joint working practices with key partners such as Skills Development Scotland and Glasgow City Council
  • Deliver impact on key equalities issues by working with partnership key bodies in Glasgow and Scotland as a whole
  • Devise and deliver innovative events which progress the DYW agenda i.e., Jobs Fairs, Digital Skills, Employer Inspiration Briefings as well as linking with curriculum delivery.
  • Manage the delivery and monitoring of the impact of projects supported by DYW funding.
  • Reviewing the success of delivery and adapt and develop as required.
  • Recording information for reporting purposes
  • Delivering any other relevant duties which may be required.

The Person


  • Experience of employer engagement
  • Experience of working in the education or employability sectors.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience designing and delivering projects.
  • Knowledge of emerging sectors in industry and access routes for young people.
  • Experience of partnership working across the education or employability sectors.
  • Clear evidence of ability to communicate effectively at senior management level where appropriate.
  • Self-starter and ability to work with limited supervision in a small team.
  • Ability to identify gaps and opportunities, creating solutions and acting upon these in a proactive and engaging manner.
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to work under pressure and deliver to tight deadlines with minimal resources.
  • A passion for playing a role in making a difference to the city by working directly with the business community in partnership with key stakeholders.


  • Experience of working in a school or college environment.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Glasgow’s economic issues.
  • Experience of working in an economic development environment.

Department: Projects

Reporting to: Project Manager