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DYW Glasgow celebrates career success stories

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Glasgow is celebrating the professional achievements of young people five years after they completed work employability programmes.

DYW, part of the Scottish Government’s plan to reduce youth unemployment, works closely with businesses across Glasgow to proactively identify and create opportunities for young people to improve their skills and employability.

Lee Currie, 27, originally went to university to study accountancy but left after 18 months. He then worked in a bar, and as a labourer before joining the Mitey Ready2Work scheme following a period of unemployment. As a part of the scheme, Lee completed a work placement with Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Glasgow, during which he was given help with his CV and employability skills.

After DYW identified that Lee would be eligible for the Glasgow Guarantee Commonwealth Jobs Fund, he went on to join engineering consultancy Mabbett & Associates Ltd as a business support team member.

Mabbett hired Lee with the support of the fund, which pays 50% of salary costs for up to 12 months, to a maximum of £6,825 per person.

Now Mabbett’s finance coordinator, Lee commented: “It’s funny that I’ve come full-circle back to finance. There are so many opportunities and prospects in my current role, and I’m never bored. It can be quite high-pressure and intense, but I really enjoy the work.”

Amy McKinley, 21, joined the Readiness for Work Certificate run by Skills Development Scotland in partnership with DYW, in 2013.

She was assigned a short work placement at seafood restaurant Two Fat Ladies as part of the scheme. Now the establishment’s senior chef de partie, she commented: “I was originally supposed to work as Front of House staff for my placement, but I was really keen to work in the kitchen, so I started as a commis chef.

“I love the work, the best thing about it is learning new things every day. It can be busy and hectic, but I’ve built great relationships with my colleagues so I know I can count on them and they can count on me too.

“I didn’t really know what I wanted to do when I left school, but now I know that working in the kitchen is the best place for me.”

Ryan James, managing director of Two Fat Ladies, commented: “We work closely with DYW to take on young people from a variety of employability schemes. It’s a one-stop service, and makes the whole process so much simpler for us to invest in and help young people, which is really important to us as a business.

“We are also lucky to have funding support from Skills Development Scotland, which paid 50 per cent of Amy’s salary for the first year that she worked for us.

“Working with Amy is a pleasure, she is an absolute star. When she started she was just happy to be given an opportunity, and she’s grown into quite a force to be reckoned with in the kitchen!”

Leona Seaton, DYW Glasgow Programme Director, commented: “It’s vital that businesses reach out and engage with young people, and we are committed to supporting and enabling this wherever possible.

“It’s fantastic to see such positive results in Lee and Amy, who are examples of the benefits to both employers and employees.”

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