Developing the Young Workforce

Preparing our young people for their future beyond school

DYW – What Does It Mean?

Developing The Young Workforce is a national initiative over a period of seven years which aims to equip our young people with the relevant skills for the world of work. It builds on the foundations already in place from their broad general education as part of Curriculum For Excellence. The main objective is to reduce youth unemployment by 40% by the year 2021. At Calderside we are committed to ensuring all our young people have the opportunity to gain the relevant skills they require.

In Calderside we are working towards this above agenda in a number of ways, some of which are listed below:-

  • Foundation Apprenticeships (must be staying on until S6. This is for S5 pupils only as it is a two year course.)
  • Danceworx (accredited course – 1 day a week out of school.
  • GradU8programmes (1 day or 1/2 day per week)
  • College 
  • GradU8 Winter Leavers programme (3 days a week at college)
  • Aspire (there are two programmes – one for pupils in the last 6 months of their education and one for those in the first 6 months of post school)
  • S6 Enhancement programme which also incorporates Saltire (volunteering)
  • Vocational Courses 
    • Employability & Enterprise
    • Personal Development
    • Creative Industries
    • Scottish Studies
    • Lab Skills
    • Preparing To Work Unit
  • Extended Work Placements – this is an individualised programme which incorporates work experience along with English and Mathematics. In some cases we have been able to accommodate other subjects on the timetable as well. This is only organised after lengthy discussions with your Pupil Support Teacher, Depute and Parent/Guardian.

A number of significant partnerships have been formed to be able to offer such a diverse range of vocational pathways into our curriculum. This enhances the experience in the senior phase of your education journey. 

In addition to the above curricular pathways, we also offer seniors the opportunity to attend visits to Employers of various career sectors such as NHS, Sky Academy, HSBC and Alstom. 

Over the course of your time in senior school, you will have the opportunity to attend a variety of career events.

If any of the above should interest you and you would like to know more, please see Mrs Benn (DYW Co-ordinator).

Mrs Benn

PT Pupil Support/DYW Co-ordinator

01698 717180