DYW Dundee & Angus Champions Celebrate

Champions who drive forward the aims of Developing the Young Workforce were celebrated last night at an annual recognition awards event held the Gardyne Campus of Dundee & Angus College.

Developing the Young Workforce is a Scottish Government funded initiative which aims to bring together education and industry. Through giving young people the opportunity to undertake work placements, carry out apprenticeships, offering site visits or working in classrooms to enhance the curriculum, local businesses have many opportunities to inspire young people and give them a better understanding about the world of work. This in turn ensures that the workforce of the future have the knowledge and skills needed for their chosen career.

These awards are organised by the DYW Dundee and Angus Regional Team and reward the people, businesses and education providers who have embodied the spirit of DYW by giving up their time and resources to come up with innovative ideas and projects to support young people.

The winners in each of the ten categories are:

Curriculum Input – St Paul’s RC Academy and Struan Toyota

Project Based Learning – Grange Primary School and Nicoll Russell Studios

School / Education Partnership, Dundee – Rockwell Offsite Education Unit and Piperdam Leisure Resort

School / Education Partnership, Angus – Arbroath Academy and Balhousie Care Group

College / Education Partnership – Robertson Tayside

Meaningful Work Experience – James Pirie & Son

DYW Champion Dundee – Education – Dave Soutar, Braeview Academy

DYW Champion Dundee – Employer – John Alexander, Alexander Decorators

DYW Champion Angus – Education – Gillian Ferguson & Karen Lees, Webster’s High School

DYW Champion Angus – Employer – Roger McGill, J&D Wilkie

Hilary Roberts, DYW Dundee and Angus Manager said, “We received over 100 nominations for our awards this year, which is more than double that we received in 2018. This is the second year we have organised these awards. The judging panel was very impressed with the wide range of projects taking place across the area. It was an extremely difficult task to shortlist the finalists, but we are delighted with the winners in each category who are all very deserving of their award. It really does show the commitment these people have to ensuring we have a skilled and enthusiastic workforce in the future.”

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