Chamber leads from the front in Developing the Young Workforce
Published 25 Nov 2015Following on from the recent launch of the Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) initiative in Sutherland, Caithness Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that it has been leading from the front in engaging young people as part of this exciting initiative.
Through a recent work placement programme with the North Highland College, the Chamber’s DYW team has over the past month worked with Tom Walker, an HNC Business Management student, to develop a programme of work aimed at engaging young people in the area and at helping understand what employers want from work experience placements.
Following his work placement, Tom was also invited to the official launch of the DYW initiative in Sutherland, held at the Royal Marine Hotel in Brora on 24th November, where he had the opportunity to meet with Annabelle Ewing MSP, Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment.
Trudy Morris, Chief Executive of Caithness Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are pleased to have been able to offer this opportunity to a bright, enthusiastic and ambitious young person like Tom. Engaging young people to understand their views on skills needs and youth unemployment will be crucial to the success of this initiative, and it has been a fantastic experience working with a local young person to develop this further.
“Another key issue the DYW initiative is aiming to address is the disconnect between employers and education providers with regards to work experience, and the work Tom has done is an important first step in helping us to understand the issues surrounding this.”