Developing the Young Workforce Programme Board


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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 the 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.


  • Chair (Scottish Government, Director of Advanced Learning and Science)
  • Graeme Logan (Scottish Government, Director of Learning)
  • SG Director of Fair Work, Employability and Skills
  • Christine Pollock (ex-Director of Education North Lanarkshire, Wood Commissioner)
  • Mhairi Harrington (ex-Principal, West Lothian College)
  • Terry Lanagan (Previous Director of Education West Dunbartonshire, Curriculum for Excellence Management Board)
  • Ken Thomson (Principal, Forth Valley College)
  • Paul Clancy (Executive Director of Children and Families Service, ADES)
  • Pamela Smith (Falkirk Council's Employment and Training Manager)
  • Matthew Sweeney (COSLA)
  • Angela McCusker (Regional Chair Dundee and Angus College)
  • Bob Garmory (Director of the Purvis Group and Chair of DYW Fife Regional Employers Group)



Trudi Jordan
0141 242 0160

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