Last Updated: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

DYW – Interesting Practice: Clyde Gateway

What is this?

​This exemplar describes Clyde Gateway’s engagement with schools to enhance career education and work based learning. Clyde Gateway is a limited company and charity working in partnership with Glasgow City Council, South Lanarkshire Council and Scottish Enterprise with other support coming from Scottish Government. It aims to :

  • Reduce unemployment
  • Reduce health inequality
  • Increase educational attainment
  • Build community capacity
  • Support sports and culture activity

This is one in a series of interesting practise examples to provide ideas, inspiration and connections around the implementation of Developing the Young Workforce (DYW).

Who is this for?

​This exemplar will be useful for practitioners involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Developing the Young Workforce agenda.

It supports professional reflections around the Career Education and Work Placements Standards as well as School / Employer Partnerships.

How to use this exemplar to improve practice

This is an exemplar of interesting practice. It aims to inspire reflective thinking by practitioners engaged in career education and the provision of work placements for children and young people from 3 - 18. It particularly focuses on partnership working with employers and third sector organisations. This exemplar is solution focused and outlines practical ideas on how to provide learners with the opportunity to enhance skills for learning, life and work (including STEM), meaningful experiences of the world of work and gain additional qualifications as a result.

You are invited to use this exemplar to reflect on the following questions:

  • How effectively do you plan for career education opportunities and progression pathways for learners from 3 - 18?
  • In what ways do you ensure that you meet the needs of all learners to develop skills for learning life and work?
  • In what ways does the curriculum provision and timetabling in your establishment incorporate career education for all learners?
  • To what extend are partners involved in delivering meaningful, work related experiences for learners, the delivery of skills and qualifications as well as prospective career opportunities?

For further consideration please refer to the key DYW related resources released by Education Scotland so far.

What was done?

Clyde Gateway has made links with early years and childcare centres, primary and secondary schools as well as colleges and employers across their area of regeneration to deliver a joined up education programme with the aim of enhancing the employability skills of young people and subsequently reduce unemployment. Programme elements include :

  • Hospitality Explorers Programme aimed at P5 pupils
  • Pre Stem Engineering Programme aimed at every P7 pupil
  • Business Enterprise Day for 12 primary schools
  • Get into Engineering Project
  • Hospitality Academy (Certificate of Work Readiness) for S4/5 pupils.

For more details read the Skills summary - Clyde Gateway document.


Clyde Gateway aims to bring about significant economic and social change within one of the most deprived areas in Scotland. Focusing on education they aim to raise attainment, connect people with local business and provide young people with the opportunity to develop skills for learning, life and work.

What was the impact?

Their joined-up approach to delivering a far-reaching career education programme provides learners across 26 primary and 4 secondary schools with many diverse opportunities to enhance the employability and life skills of their learners from 3 – 18.

Selecting this theme has enabled us to be more targeted and to focus our efforts to ensure every child has had the same opportunity to succeed, with a particular focus on closing the poverty-related attainment gap. This joined up approach to strategy, funding and delivery has provided the greatest positive impact for enhancing our school’s capacity to deliver innovative learning experiences which in turn will raise educational attainment, promote attendance and encourage positive engagement.


Word file: Skills summary - Clyde Gateway (281 KB)

PowerPoint file: Parental Engagement Activity (734 KB)

PDF file: Access to Education - Progress report (2.8 MB)