Employer

Staff can be the single biggest resource requirement within a business, often becoming a considerable commitment on your part. Recruiting and retaining the right people is a constant task, but it is a task that can be made easier by working with us to nurture future talent.

How can I get involved?

Young people offer something different – the desire and openness to learning, coupled with a vibrancy and alternative views, is a great asset, ready to be moulded into whatever your business needs. It’s not only an investment in the young person, but an investment in your business too.
Speaking directly with young people about the roles and opportunities of working within your business or sector as a whole is one of the best ways to create interest in the work and set out the expectation you have as an employer.

There are a few ways you can work with us to help you develop your future workforce.

Building a relationship with a school is a great way to network with teachers and students, allowing them to learn about your business, and to gain an understanding of what you’re looking for when recruiting. The time spent within the school offers you the chance to meet prospective employees and gain a sense of who they are and a feel for their potential. Beyond this, going back into school, for some people, the very school they attended themselves, is a fulfilling way to give something back to your own community.

If you’re passionate about prompting career opportunities within your sector, you could become one of our Sector Ambassadors. Hearing from advocates from a specific sector is a great way for young people to learn about what can be achieved beyond the starter roles.
Nothing can compare to work-based learning, for both the young person and employers. Working with established team members gives young people the chance to see what their prospective day-to-day could be like, and employers get an idea of how a young person could add value to the organisation. Work-based learning can be for one day, a week, or as part of a longer-term programme, such as mentoring, where you can work one-on-one with a young person, sharing your experiences and learning with them.
If you are actively recruiting to reduce a skill gap within your organisation, whether you’re seeking an intern, an apprentice, or a part- or full-time member of staff, we are happy to help. With a network that includes the region’s young people, our Coordinators can link you with your prospective next team member.
The work we do is flexible enough to allow us to work directly with employers who have a specific project update that would be beneficial to share with the next generation workforce. Not only are these real-life scenarios brilliant examples for our young people, but taking time to inform people about your work is great for your own PR and staff development too. Or, if you’d like to trial something new within our organisation, and you think it could be of benefit to young people, we’re open to chatting though your ideas and support you with its delivery. The ideas, energy, enthusiasm and alternative thinking that a young person brings can be invaluable

The Pledge

The Pledge brings together employers, partners, and young people. It aims to connect 16–24-year-old in Scotland to an opportunity, so there’s a lot that aligns with our work. For employers, the opportunities could be a job or an apprenticeship within an organisation like yours.
More than 1000 organisations across Scotland are already involved – add yours to that growing list

Case Studies

With so many ways to get involved, it’s no surprise we have a host of employers ready to tell you why you should get involved too.
If you’re looking for a more depth to what working with us means, review our testimonials below.

“Working with DYW Border has been an incredibly rewarding experience for Unique Cottages. Their commitment to bridging the gap between education and employment has had a positive impact on our business. The partnership has provided us with motivated young individuals who have brought fresh perspectives and energy to projects we have worked on together. Additionally, they have introduced diligent and eager pupils on work experience to our team. We are proud to support DYW Border in their mission and look forward to continuing our collaboration to help shape the future workforce.”

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Lee-Anne Gillie

Unique Cottages

“We feel very lucky to have such an engaged Developing the Young Workforce team supporting us to enhance employability opportunities for young people interested in a career or learning more about working within the NHS in the Borders.  DYW have worked with us to develop our generic work experience programme for S3’s and Virtual Work experience week attended by all 9 schools within the Borders, helping us reach a wide audience, and spark interest and ambition in young people that could well become our future workforce”

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Claire Smith

NHS

Apprenticeship Week 2024

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Online Regional Awareness for Parents and Carers DYW Borders partners and local businesses came together to raise awareness of Scottish Apprenticeships.  The target audience was parents and carers. 68 parents/carers registered and 57 attended the session, from across the regions secondary schools. We welcomed discussions

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Whether you are a young person, parent, educator, parent, or business – we want to hear from you!  

Telephone

01750505058

07825861193

Email

dyw@dywborders.co.uk

Address

103 Ettrick Riverside

Dunsdale Road

Selkirk

​TD7 5EB

Working Hours

Monday – 09.00 – 17.00
Tuesday – 09.00 – 17.00
Wednesday – 09.00 – 17.00
Thursday – 09.00 – 17.00
Friday – 09.00 – 16.00

Telephone

01750505058

07825861193

Address

103 Ettrick Riverside

Dunsdale Road

Selkirk

​TD7 5EB

Working Hours

Monday – 09.00 – 17.00
Tuesday – 09.00 – 17.00
Wednesday – 09.00 – 17.00
Thursday – 09.00 – 17.00
Friday – 09.00 – 16.00