News and Insights

News and Insights

News and Insights

Read our latest news, insights and case studies, or find events, local apprenticeships and job opportunities.

Meet the Board – Kirsty Martin

In this series, we introduce the board members of DYW Fife and share why they wanted to get involved with the initiative. In this edition, we introduce you to Kirsty Martin. 


A site Visit to Sky TV Studios

Glenrothes High School collaborated with Sky TV Studios to offer the SKY Up Experience, aimed at enhancing students' understanding of the media industry and developing their digital skills. Over two terms, 70 S1 and S2 ... Read More


FiFab Staff Spotlight – Amy Stewart

Meet Amy Stewart, a remarkable individual at the heart of Fifab's commitment to excellence, especially as we celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week. As part of their ongoing collaboration with DYW Fife, one of our esteemed partner ... Read More


Fife College Open Days 2024

Fife College are hosting a series of Open Days at the end of March! What's Involeved? There will be demonstrations, taster sessions, tours of our facilities… and much, much more! Find out all about the ... Read More


CSI Balwearie Practical Workshop with Fife College

The CSI Balwearie Practical Workshop, a collaboration between Balwearie High School and Fife College, emerged as an initiative driven by the PTC Social Subjects at Balwearie High School. The goal was to provide pupils in the new S2 CSI: Balwearie elective classes with hands-on experience in crime scene investigation.


Meet Our board – Sarah Raeburn

DYW Fife's role is to prepare young people for the world of work. A key challenge, as I've observed since joining the board, is employer engagement. Bridging the gap between educators, employers, and parents is crucial for preparing youngsters for the workplace.


Exploring Careers with Quaker Oats

Exploring Careers with Quaker Oats  Kilmaron School's senior pupils embarked on a unique culinary journey this term, creating various recipes using oats. With the only Quaker Oats factory in the UK just around the corner, ... Read More


Inspiring Future Tradespeople

Inspiring Future Tradespeople Through Mark Wallace’s Workshop Mark Wallace, a former pupil of Balwearie High School, left in 2003 to pursue an apprenticeship in stone masonry. After gaining experience and specializing in memorial work, he ... Read More


Meet Our Board – Lisa Bray

In this series, we introduce the board members of DYW Fife and share why they wanted to get involved with the initiative. In this edition, we introduce you to Lisa Bray. Tell us about you, ... Read More


Partner Spotlight: Fife College

Fife College Partner Spotlight DYW Fife work closely with the Fife community and local organisations to form key partnerships to support young people in Fife. To celebrate our partners we will be showcasing a ‘Partner ... Read More


RAF Mighty Minds Workshop 

RAF Mighty Minds Workshop  On Wednesday 12th June Beath High School hosted the RAF Mighty Minds Workshop as part of the Fife STEM Festival. This was run in conjunction with Hyett Education and The Royal ... Read More


Partner Spotlight: Career Ready

Career Ready Partner Spotlight DYW Fife work closely with the Fife community and local organisations to form key partnerships to support young people in Fife. To celebrate our partners we will be showcasing a ‘Partner ... Read More


Stylist to the Stars

Inverkeithing's Stylists to the Stars Inverkeithing High School has completed it's first year of a Pre- Apprenticeship Hairdressing Course in partnership with Lime Salon. John Bailie (salon owner) has been working with three High Schools ... Read More


Pupils Mesmerised by Sports Journalism 

S3 pupils at Glentrohes High School were recently joined by BBC Sports Journalist James Christie who shared his journey from school to university and how this led him into his current profession and dream job.  


Glenwood High School Hosts Career Fayre

DYW School Coordinator’s at Glenwood High School recently organised a senior ‘Career Fayre’ to help pupils who are nearing transition from school to make informed decisions about their chosen pathways.  


Three-day virtual work experience with BAM Construction

Four young people from Bell Baxter High School recently attended the BAM Construction virtual work experience. They gained an insight into the multifaceted industry of construction. Understanding design, engineering, marketing & communication and all the behind scenes elements it takes to create a successful business.


STEM Engagement at Woodmill 

The Royal Navy STEM Outreach team recently attended Woodmill High School to help the school to increase awareness of STEM applications within a number of settings, give young people hands-on experience using different kit and consider their applications within a Submarine. 


TechnipFMC Site Visit 

A group of Queen Anne High School’s S2 pupils along with some of its S5 STEM leaders visited TechnipFMC in Dunfermline. TechnipFMC is a worldwide organisation who are global leaders in energy technologies. 


Armed Forces Career Workshops 

At the beginning of December a group of pupils from three DYW Public Support Service (PSS) centres in Fife enjoyed a visit from the British Army in Glenrothes. The team from the Armed Forces Career Office came to talk through the different roles available within the army and gave an insight into army life and their own personal journeys.   


Discover Your… 

Pupils at Madras College recently attended a career workshop with a twist, spending the day on a journey of self-discovery to learn more about how their personality fits in different professional environments.  


Apprenticeship Skills workshop 

Eight pupils from S4-S6 at Inverkeithing High School visited Fife Council Building Services in Kirkcaldy to learn about how to apply for Apprenticeships.


Speed-Dating: From School to STEM 

Local employers were welcomed into Dunfermline High School to take part in a speed-dating style activity where small groups of S2 pupils moved between tables of different employers, learning what each employer's company does and what they are looking for in new recruits.  


The Power of Language

Former Balwearie High School pupil, Ryan McCue, joined S3 pupils to discuss the power of language in business and how it's helped him found his export company Food Export International.


Creative Careers Week 2022

Following 2021’s successful pilot programme, Developing the Young Workforce (DYW), Creative & Cultural Skills (CCSkills), and Historic Environment Scotland (HES) will be shining a spotlight on careers in the creative and cultural industries in Creative Careers Week 2022.


Career & Pathway Events

Schools in Fife have a number of Career and Pathways events scheduled over the coming months and are looking for local employers, apprenticeship/training providers, colleges, universities and third sector organisations to support.


Guided Start in Construction Skills

The Community Trade Hub in Buckhaven collaborated with Waid Academy and offered a small group of Waid Academy pupils the chance to take part in their Guided Start programme in Construction Skills.


Careers in Languages for St Andrews HS Pupils

The languages department at St Andrews High School has been keen to work with businesses to encourage pupils into a career where languages are essential, so when the event came up via Speakers for Schools on LinkedIn, it was the perfect opportunity.


Social Enterprise at Madras College

Social Enterprise Academy came into Madras College to speak to senior pupils about what they do. The intention was that interested pupils would learn what a social enterprise is and consider starting up one themselves. It was attended by over 60 S5 and S6 pupils over two sessions.


Dunfermline HS Careers Fayre

Dunfermline High School hosted a Careers Fayre with over 60 employers and organisations attending. Representatives from each organisation had their own stand.


STEM Careers Evening at Balwearie HS

Balwearie High School held a STEM Careers Evening on Thursday 15 September. There was a fantastic turn out for the event, with around 180 young people, parents and carers present from various year groups.


National DYW Skills Academy Pilot

The DYW Skills Academy provides young people with the insight, knowledge, and skills they need to build their confidence and prepare for the world of work.


STEM Futures at Napier University

On 8th May twenty-five S3 students from Viewforth High School visited Napier University Schools of Engineering and Computing in Edinburgh to participate in Science and Technology based workshops.


Removing barriers to gain successful work experience

Michael Phimister is a student at Rosslyn School in Kirkcaldy and since August 2021 he has been participating in an employment project specifically designed for young people with complex additional support needs. Michael has been successfully learning about different careers and developing his employability skills during weekly sessions.


Madras Leadership Development

Madras Leadership Development The Centre for Educational Enhancement and Development (CEED) provided a leadership event at Madras college which was attended by 100 of our S6 pupils as part of a transition day. The aims ... Read More


Gaining Valuable Work Experience

Gaining Valuable Work Experience At Kirkcaldy High School, our Pupil Support Officer got in touch with a local Salvation Army charity shop to see if one of our pupils who was becoming disengaged with school ... Read More


Westrigg Windfarm Project

A new pilot programme, funded by Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Fife and the Interreg RIGHT project, and supported by Fife Council Employability Service and Culture of Enterprise, has been launched enabling 60 pupils from four of Fife’s high schools to gain an introduction into the construction sector.


Reimagining Inverkeithing

12 of Inverkeithing High School’s S3 pupils recently took part in the Reimagining Inverkeithing Project in partnership with Emma Griffiths from Fife Historic Buildings Trust.


Architect Work Experience

S6 pupil Marika Urbanksa at Dunfermline High School is currently working on building a portfolio for Art School acceptance into Architecture.


Case Study: LET’S Go Fife

During the month of May, DYW Fife delivered a bespoke LET’S Go Fife (Leavers Employability Transitions Sessions) programme in partnership with employers and stakeholders to young people across seven of the Fife schools.


Made in Fife is back for 2022

Made in Fife is back for 2022 Following the success of the first Made in Fife campaign last year, Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Fife are once again on the lookout for volunteers and nominations ... Read More


Visit Scotland and SDS: Pathways into Tourism

We sat down with DYW Board Member and Senior Tourism Insight Manager at Visit Scotland, Chris Greenwood, and Lawrence Durden, Tourism Industry Manager at Skills Development Scotland, to discuss careers for young people in the tourism sector and why this is important for the future of Fife.


Case Study: Woodmill High School

Case Study: Woodmill High School Despite having had more setbacks than most schools in a disruptive time for education across the UK, Woodmill High School has maintained its commitment to supporting its young people ... Read More


Case Study: In The Footsteps of Kings

DYW Fife aims to promote programmes and projects that produce beneficial outcomes such as enhanced employability through skills development for young people and school leavers and businesses can tap into a wider range of recruitment ... Read More


Case Study: Levenmouth Academy

As with many other secondary schools in Fife, Levenmouth Academy has developed a robust network of local businesses, partners and other agencies throughout its engagement with the Developing the Young Workforce programme in Fife. ... Read More


DYW Live 2021

Location: Online Dates: Jan - March 2021 Welcome to DYW Live. e-Sgoil and Education Scotland have teamed up to work with a wide range of national partner organisations to create an exciting virtual learning ... Read More


Amey Inspire

Amey Inspire: Chat and Learn (Age group 14-18) Looking for ideas and opportunities to help kickstart your career? Amey want to help inspire the next generation of young people. Their ‘Chat and Learn’ gives ... Read More


Techfest 2020

Location: Online Dates: 5 - 25 November TechFest is an innovative charity which consistently provides quality STEM events and with over 35 years experience in promoting STEM subjects... and is delighted to bring you ... Read More


DYW: A job for everybody

#Ajobforeverybody From Monday 16th November 2020 we are very excited to officially launch DYW's #ajobforeverybody campaign! Aimed at employers, parents and young people, #ajobforeverybody intends to promote, illustrate and celebrate diversity and inclusion in ... Read More


Case Study: Balwearie High School

Through Developing the Young Workforce (Fife) and partnerships with local businesses, colleges and bodies, the team at Balwearie High School (BHS) coordinates and facilitates positive career destinations and contextualised learning opportunities to support pupils ... Read More



4 pupils, £4.00 and 4 weeks 4toFortune is a programme which is delivered by Fife Council's Economic Development team for school pupils of all ages and has been designed to allow it to be ... Read More


Delivering the Youth Guarantee

The Youth Guarantee: Giving every young person the chance to succeed. The Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Fiona Hyslop MSP, has announced further details on how the Youth Guarantee will give young people the ... Read More


The new Pathways web app

The New Pathways Web App allows students and school leavers to look up education options in one place. A new Web App that allows students and school leavers to look up further and higher ... Read More


DYW End-of-Day Blether Events

Location: Online Date: Multiple Dates and topics available Title: DYW End of Day Blethers Education Scotland are holding a series of themed blethers (available to book on the EventBrite website), which aim to create ... Read More


DYW Keyworker Campaign: Barry Smith

Graduate Mechanical Engineer and key worker, Barry Smith, is part of the Liquid Gas Equipment (LGE) mechanical team at Babcock’s Rosyth site. Originally from Crieff, the 33-year-old’s initial career was in the construction industry ... Read More


DYW Keyworker Campaign: Gordon Reid

Gordon Reid is the Business Development Manager at Re-Employ Fife. Based in Lochgelly, Re-Employ focus on providing employment opportunities to unemployed disabled people. This inclusive approach by Gordon and his team offers support while ... Read More


Helping businesses reap rewards

Developing Young Workforce (DYW) is an employer led, regional group (as part of a national initiative and the Scottish Government’s Youth Employment strategy), set up to connect local employers with schools and young people. ... Read More


Case Study: Glenwood High School

Glenwood High School in Fife has developed a strong network of local businesses, partners and bodies throughout its engagement with the Developing the Young Workforce programme in Fife. They started with a keen focus ... Read More


Case Study: Waid Academy

Waid Academy in Anstruther works to create positive pathways for its pupils whilst minimising the impact of its rural location. Through DYW (Fife) and multiple programmes and partnerships with local businesses, colleges and bodies, ... Read More

Get in touch with the DYW (Fife) team to find out how we can ignite opportunities for you!

Get in touch with the DYW (Fife) team to find out how we can ignite opportunities for you!