Developing the Young Workforce (DYW)

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) aims to prepare learners for their future pathways and the transition into the world of work. It builds on the foundations already in place through Curriculum for Excellence and is relevant from early years to senior phase and beyond. It contributes to the development of the four capacities and border skills development, makes full use of the four contexts of the curriculum, and addresses each of the entitlements. One example is the entitlement for all children and young people to experience opportunities to develop skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work.

Since the inception of Scotland's youth employment strategy in 2014 DYW has become a recognised and recognisable part of the Scotland’s curriculum. Schools and education establishments are taking increasing account of the challenges young people face in entering a rapidly changing economic, technological and environmental reality when planning their future pathways. This requires systematic development and increasing collaboration with partners such as Skills Development Scotland, regional DYW employer groups, colleges and universities, and community learning and development (CLD).​

Key documents

Related links

Young Persons guarantee

Skills Development Scotland

Parentzone Scotland - Developing the Young Workforce

National Parent Forum of Scotland – Career Education: A World of Possibilities (PDF file)

DYW Summary Page - National Improvement Hub

Career Review