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Developing the Young Workforce Programme Board


The Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Programme Board works on implementing the Developing the Young Workforce programme.

The strategy - Developing the young workforce: Scotland's youth employment strategy - aims to reduce youth unemployment levels by 40% by 2021.

It aims to create an excellent work-relevant education offer to young people, giving them the skills for the current and anticipated jobs market.

The DYW Programme Board is chaired by Aileen McKechnie, Director of Advanced Learning and Science, with membership drawn from local and central government, the college sector and the business community.

The Board takes guidance from the Developing Young Workforce National Advisory Group, jointly chaired by Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills and Councillor Stephen McCabe (COSLA), with Sir Ian Wood as a member.

Throughout the seven year programme, both the DYW Programme Board and DYW National Advisory Group will be key to providing crucial advice on the strategy.


  • Aileen McKechnie (Scottish Government, Director of Advanced Learning and Science) - Chair
  • Linda McKay (ex-Principal, Forth Valley College; Wood Commissioner)
  • Christine Pollock (ex-Director of Education North Lanarkshire, Wood Commissioner)
  • Fiona Robertson (Scottish Government, Director of Learning)
  • Mhairi Harrington (Principal, West Lothian College)
  • Terry Lanagan (Previous Director of Education West Dunbartonshire, Curriculum for Excellence Management Board)
  • Pamela Smith (Falkirk Council's Employment and Training Manager)
  • John Stewart (Director of HR, Scottish and Southern Energy)
  • Mike Callaghan (COSLA)
  • Angela McCusker (Regional Chair Dundee and Angus College)