The West Lothian Chamber of Commerce are delighted to be hosting the Developing the Young Workforce programme as part of the Scottish Government’s national Youth Employment Strategy. With the headline aim of significantly reducing youth unemployment, our employer-led regional group aims to strengthen links between businesses and education for the benefit of our young people and our economy.
Rodney Ayre, Senior Department Manager of Mitsubishi Electric and Chair of the DYW West Lothian board, is encouraging employer involvement in this exciting initiative:
“Relationships between business and education are more important now than ever. The responsibility of forging these links does not just lie with education leaders, it is up to us, as employers, to be more proactive in linking with the schools, colleges and universities that are training the young people we will need for our businesses to flourish in the future.”
Bridging the gap between education and the world of work
Employers of all sizes play a significant role in making a difference to the lives of young people in West Lothian. Investing in young people changes the dynamic of your business, bringing freshness and a new perspective.
Developing the Young Workforce invites closer collaboration between industry and education with the ultimate aim of ensuring young people make a successful transition into the world of work, fully prepared for all the challenges and opportunities that any industry can offer.
Shaping youth talent
Employers can offer a range of opportunities to help shape youth talent. From industry talks to workplace tours, providing valuable work-based learning opportunities boosts career prospects for young local people and provides valuable industry insight.
Identifying future workforce
Recruiting and retaining the right talent for your business can be time-consuming and costly. The Developing the Young Workforce West Lothian team can discuss options to help you engage with the future workforce and identify a talent pool suitable for your industry.
Raising business profile
Developing young people can raise your industry profile and get your business noticed. Not only does it provide a valuable opportunity for your existing staff to develop their leadership and mentoring skills, investing in the development of young people highlights a clear commitment to social responsibility.
Interested in making a difference? Keen to inspire youth engagement in your industry? Looking to recruit a young person? Or simply want to find out more? We would love to hear from you.
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