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Dumfries & Galloway

The Young Person's Guarantee is a commitment to Scotland's young people

Every young person aged between 16 and 24 in Scotland will have the opportunity, based on their own personal circumstances and ambitions, of going to university or college, an apprenticeship programme, training, fair employment including work experience, or participating in a formal volunteering programme.

The Guarantee will ensure that young people have access to and understanding of the opportunities that can best support them, delivered by a network of support in schools, colleges, universities ,employability programmes, third sector support, apprenticeships or training programmes.

For more information on how local authorities and partners are supporting the Young Person's Guarantee in your area please click here.

Area Overview 

  • Population: 148,800
  • Area: 6,427 km²
  • Location: Scottish Borders

Of the 32 local authorities in Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway has the 14th highest population, with 58.8% of residents being of working age between 16-64 years old.

As of June 2019, 68,900 Dumfries & Galloway residents were economically active, with resident earnings around £85.90 below the national weekly average.

Between January and December 2018, there were 8,200 workless households in Dumfries & Galloway

This data and more detailed information on topics like, Economy, Health, Housing, Crime, Safety and Education within Dumfries and Galloway Council can be found at Dumfries & Galloway Area Profile - 2019 and Regional Skills Assessment - Dumfries and Galloway 2018.

Community Planning Partnership Aims and Structures

The Dumfries and Galloway Community Planning Partnership is made up a variety of local organisations and agencies; including a full range of statutory partners, local partnerships and third sector organisations. The Community Planning Partnership work togther to plan and deliver better services throughout Dumfries and Galloway.

The five main partnership groups are:

  • Local Authority
  • Local NHS Board
  • Police Scotland
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  • Scottish Enterprise

An introduction to community planning can be found here.

Further information to Community Planning Partnership can be found at Community Planning in Dumfries and Galloway.

City Region Deals

The Borderlands Partnership works across and brings together five local authorities: Carlisle City Council, Cumbria County Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Northumberland County Council and Scottish Borders Council. The partnership was formed to develop the potential for sustainable and economic growth across the South of Scotland and the North of England.

Further information on The Borderlands Partnership can be found here.

Management Information System

Dumfries and Galloway currently use Hanlon - features include client tracking, employer and vacancy details, performance managment, reporting.

Key Documents

Employability Strategies / Council Plans / Business Plans


NOMIS Local Authority Labour Market Profiles

The  Dumfries & Galloway Labour Market Profile brings together data from several sources, and includes information on employment/ unemployment, economic inactivity, employment by occupation, qualifications, earnings by residence, out-of-work benefits and jobs (total jobs/ employee jobs).

Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland have prepared local labour market information and intelligence for each of the unitary authorities in Scotland that includes:

  • Employment rates
  • Claimant count unemployment
  • Top 10 vacancies by occupation
  • Youth unemployment

Link to the LMI profiles can be found here.

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation

The SIMD provides detail of small areas of multiple deprivation in Scotland. This data allows for effective targetting of policies and funding , where the objective is to target clusters of multiple deprivation.

Community Health Partnership Profile

Case Studies

Here you can read case studies giving details of different programmes and success stories in the area:

  • Ian's Story-  Ian was made redundant from his job as a metal salvage worker, his wife also passed away afte a short illness leaving him a single parent of two teenagers. He was able to find employment  the help that he recieved from the Emloyability and Skills service. 
  • Kieran's Story - Kieran was referred to the Employability and Skills Service whilst he was in School as he didn't know what he would like to do after finishing school. He recieved help from different services available to him and was able to successfully complete a Modern Apprenticeship and sustain employment.
  • Rachel's Story - Rachel has been recieving help from the Employability and Skills Service since 2018. She suffers from anxiety and depression and had very low confidence and self esteem. With the help she has been getting with these services, her confidence and skills set have grown and has provided her with the necessary tools to enter into employment in the near future.

Further Information

Will be added here... 

Local services

A directory of local services can be found at DG Employment TAP - Directory of Services.


Local Employability Lead: Lynne Burgess

Local Welfare Reform Lead: Lorna Campbell

Criminal Justice Lead: Vikkie Binnie

Housing Advice and Homeless Services: Jamie Little

Community Learning and Development Services: Stephen Jack

Local Colleges: Dumfries and Galloway College and Scotland's Rural College - Barony Campus


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