DYW D&A Business Newsletter
- September 2020

Welcome to Our New Business Newsletter
In this update: 


We doubt that this was the 2020 that anyone had envisaged just 8 short months ago but as schools return and more and more businesses prepare to re-open we recognise the amazing efforts made by our local community to adjust to our new ‘normal’.

DYW has always worked to bring together employers and education to help young people transition more easily into the workforce. We need to continue to build these partnerships more now than ever to ensure every young person has a positive destination.

While we must keep a physical distance, we are so grateful for the businesses who have helped with our virtual reach and we are keen to keep exploring all the different and innovative ways we can continue to build this virtual engagement.

If you have an interest in supporting a school with some virtual activities please get in touch with our team,, alternatively, click here to read our Business Booklet.

Faces To The Names

Hilary Roberts, DYW Manager
I’m Hilary, Manager of the DYW Dundee & Angus team. I work with the team and our employer-led Board to set and make sure that we ... read more.
Lynn Cunningham
Employer Liaison Advisor

Hello, I'm Lynn, one of the Employer Liaison Advisors and I've been with the team since June 2019. Usually based within Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce, a lively hub of business activity, it's been strange working from home since the start of lockdown. Like the rest of the team (and so many other folk) I've had to become proficient in video calls and virtual comms... read more.
Marthe Hastie
Employer Liaison Advisor

Hello, I am Marthe Hastie one of the Employer Liaison Advisors! I started last September and it’s crazy to think that almost half of my time at DYW has been spent in Lockdown! It has taken me a wee while to adjust to working from home as one of the best parts of my role is when I am out and about meeting new businesses and supporting school projects/events... read more.
Melissa Craig
DYW Administrator


Hello, I’m Melissa, I have been the DYW team administrator since the beginning of DYW D&A in 2016 and the only original team member left. During my time with the DYW team I have achieved a degree from RGU in Business Management and most recently a SCQF level 6 in Digital Marketing which has given much needed ... read more.

Michael Gibson
Employer Liaison Advisor

My name is Michael and I am the ‘new guy’ at DYW having joined the team in early August as an Employer Liaison Advisor. I’m very much enjoying the role and been made to feel more than welcome by the rest of the team – great bunch! Like everyone, I’ve found some aspects of lockdown somewhat challenging... read more.

How Can Businesses Engage Virtually with Education?

Voigt Architects Build a House for a Superhero is a great example of how effective virtual engagement can be! With over 150 entries across Dundee and Angus this design competition sparked imagination, encouraged creativity and related it to a potential career path – Architecture! Click here to view the full project breakdown!

DYW Recognition Awards

If you would like to read more about the successful DYW partnerships across Dundee and Angus, then please check out the recent winners and nominees from our 2020 Virtual Recognition Awards!

#NoWrongPath Success!

We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who took part in this years #NoWrongPath Campaign on the 4th of August. Exam results day is always a daunting time for lots of young people, especially this year with all the uncertainty so it was great to share all the different career paths across Social Media to reinforce the message that there really is no wrong path. With your support on Twitter alone we managed to achieve a national reach of 17 Million, with 14,209 mentions and 9,122 contributors so a massive thank you for your support!

Training For Employers: Steps to Inspiring Young People with Additional Support Needs 

DYW has partnered with disability experts ENABLE Scotland to deliver an engaging new free webinar for employers to explore the steps to inspiring young people with additional support needs.

This interactive half day webinar will provide employers with the tools to inform and inspire young people with additional needs while they’re still at school and provide practical guidance on supporting these young people into employment.
Places are booking up quickly so register now!
  • Tuesday 27th October (09:00 – 12:30)
  • Thursday 19th November (13:00 – 16:30)
  • Wednesday 9th December (10:00 – 12:00, 13:00 – 14:30)
To book a place please email:

DWP Virtual Mentoring Circle for 18-24 Year Olds

Due to COVID 19 we need to adapt our ways of working with all claimants to benefits. We need to adapt in this virtual world and make it accessible for all. Being part of our Virtual Mentoring Circle will allow this, connecting yourself with young people interested in the job you do or the sector you work within digitally.

Mentoring a young person will help them develop specific skills and knowledge that will enhance the less experienced person’s professional growth.

Rather than offering mentoring on a 121 basis mentoring circles gives mentees the opportunity to share their experiences, barriers and challenges they face. The opportunity to share their challenges in a group with other young people to know they’re not alone in how they feel.

Click here to find out more about how the Mentoring Circle works. 

Contact Jennifer McKenna, Labour Market Team on 01382 373357 or to get involved!

Contact DYW

DYW Dundee & Angus
37 City Quay
Camperdown Street
Dundee DD1 3JA

t: 01382 443409

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