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About Industry-Led Groups

The establishment of industry-led regional groups was a key recommendation from the Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce, led by Sir Ian Wood.

The Commission published its final report Education Working for All! in June 2014, and one of the key recommendations from the report was around the formation of regional employer-led groups to improve links between education and work and increase opportunities for young people in Scotland.

Scotland's Youth Employment Strategy was the Government's response to the Commission's report and was published in December 2014 - this set out the strategy and implementation plan detailing how the Scottish Government would implement the Recommendations of the Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce to drive the creation of a world class vocational education system to reduce youth unemployment   by 40% by 2021.   

The Commission recommended that the establishment and development of the Regional Groups should be overseen by an industry led National Group. That group, which is chaired by Rob Woodward, CE of STV primarily draws its membership from industry as well as from colleges and local authorities. The Regional Groups are being established to bring in industry leadership to work alongside leaders from the education community to focus on:

  • Helping employers make a meaningful contribution to improving school pupils' understanding of the world of work and the opportunities available;
  • Encouraging employers to offer the workplace learning opportunities required to make a success of the senior phase vocational pathways emerging across Scotland;
  • Supporting the establishment of long term, wide ranging partnerships between individual schools and employers;
  • Providing support and encouragement to employers seeking to recruit young people, particularly Modern Apprentices  - perhaps in some cases for the first time; and
  • Helping employers to work together to enhance the impact of the contribution they can make.

All of these things are part of a national strategy but their delivery has to be at a more localised level.  Labour market priorities vary across Scotland and that is why the National Group are working toward the establishment of around 21 industry led regional groups covering the whole country.  That work is now progressing and we currently have 17 groups established in Glasgow, the North East, Fife, North Highland, the West college region, Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian, Dumfries and Galloway,  Moray, Dundee and Angus, West Highland, West Lothian, Forth Valley, Inverness and Central Highlands, Perth and Kinross, Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire and Borders.

Case studies from the Regional Groups can be found here

The DYW National Group Board member details found here