Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Moray gathers momentum after success of launch event, which took place on Thursday, 29th September 2016 at the Alexander Graham Bell Centre.
The event, called ‘Our Moray’, addressed the economic climate in Moray and invited guest speakers to discuss the benefits of youth engagement in business. A number of employers from across various sectors were in attendance, and DYW Moray has high hopes for what comes next.
Sarah Medcraf, Director of DYW Moray said,
“We aim to provide a link between education and industry to help business, schools, and colleges work together to give young people the skills they need. ‘Our Moray’ had a fantastic turnout and many employers were keen to get on board. It was also a great opportunity for DYW to hear the thoughts from local industry, particularly small business owners.”
Those in attendance included Willie Wood, Head of HR at Johnstons of Elgin and Daniel Boothroyd from the award winning Fochabers Fish Bar.
99 per cent of businesses are small or medium enterprises (SME), and sustainability is a very real issue to these employers. This event showed them that DYW Moray is here to help secure the future workforce and economy. I think that we will be pushing against open doors now, and it’s really encouraging to see such enthusiasm already embedded in schools, colleges, and business.
DYW Moray has vowed to become the vital link between business and education to make engaging with young people easier for employers.
DYW Moray is keen to help businesses engage with young people – plain and simple. We want industry and education to work together, and DYW can be a point of contact between both to make a joint approach easier. Around 75% of young people in Moray intend to leave the region after school, and we all need to start investing in home-grown talent to show our young people the opportunities on their doorstep.
The event, triggered by DYW’s desire to raise public awareness of the programme, highlighted the difficulties we face in the economy, and how engaging with young people in school or college can help pre-empt the skills gap many sectors.
Businesses of all sizes and sectors can benefit from youth engagement. A skilled workforce leads to a stronger economy, and a strong economy can lead to business sustainability. We hope that as a result of this event, more employers will feel more inclined to engage with education providers through the help of DYW.
THE DYW MORAY BOARD