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Various Locations in Perth, PH1 5PH
£25,304 - £28,089 per year
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Position Type:
Term Time Full Time
36 hours per week

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Job Description

Developing Young Workforce School Co-ordinator (Fixed Term until 31 March 2022) - PKC07749
£25,304 - £28,089 (36 hours per week, term-time only) 
Perth Academy & Bertha Park High School, Perth 

We are looking for a forward-thinking Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) School Co-ordinator to work with in our school with school staff and partners to deliver our employability programme for our young people. The role will be to support senior leaders and our Wider Achievement Officer to embed the Developing the Young Workforce Strategy and other employer offers within the curriculum. A crucial part of the role is coordination of activity associated with the Young Person’s Guarantee(YPG).

The co-ordinator will support in maintaining and developing structures for employer engagement which reflects the school’s demographic, regional and local DYW plans and maintain a robust network of partners within the local business community. In doing so they will support  school leadership teams in fulfilling national priorities around employability and enterprise, Career Education Standard and Work Placement Standard. By paying close attention to local and national employment data and fostering good relationships, DYW School Coordinators identify opportunities for collaborative working focussed on better outcomes for young people.

The DYW Employer School Co-ordinators will work, with schools and other agencies, to develop and implement a programme of employer engagement aimed at increasing pupils’ career awareness and skills development as part of realising the Young Person Guarantee for all young people in Scotland. The ability to engage with employers and the business community across all sectors is key to this role. The role will involve supporting the learner journey to improve the experience of young people as they develop their education and skills, emphasising the importance of learning pathways.  The successful candidate will be adept at building successful and productive partnerships between our schools and employers as well as college and third sector organisations

Co-ordinators will work in partnership with guidance teachers, DYW staff, SDS Careers advisors, other third sector providers and other partners to identify young people who would most benefit from increased employer engagement and then facilitate the employer aspect of these interventions. As part of the wider DYW group they will help ensure that support is targeted at groups aligned to DYW Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

Part of the role will be to contribute to the capture of all work inspiration activities and interventions delivered with the school, including changes in Strategic partnerships, to align with the DYW national KPIs helping to report school activity and data associated with DYW (in relation to KPI's), providing evidence of activity at key stages throughout the year.

About the Role

The focus of the role is to develop and implement a programme of employer engagement aimed at enhancing the curriculum and increasing pupils’ career awareness and skills development.

Pupil focused delivery

  • Work alongside SDS Careers Advisor, Opportunities for All Coordinators and MCR Coordinators (where applicable) to ensure that employer offers are targeted at the pupils who would benefit most
  • Work alongside the regional DYW group to ensure that support is targeted at groups aligned to DYW KPIs
  • Work with key local partners and stakeholders to provide industry led activity which will support pupils post school transition and engage with Youth Guarantee services
  • Support wider ambition for Foundation Apprenticeships Level 4/5/6
  • Ensure that DYW is appropriately highlighted and embedded across each stage of the curriculum in the senior phase.

Partnerships and networks

  • Liaise with the Senior Management Team, Wider Achievement Officer and Principal Teachers to ensure strategic direction of the DYW agenda is reflected within the curriculum.
  • Support teaching staff to deliver meaningful industry relevant experiences and qualifications
  • Liaise with relevant staff to support Work Experience and Career Ready Programmes by sourcing placements
  • Foster and establish partnerships with businesses, other learning providers e.g. colleges and third sector organisations.
  • Manage all DYW and wider programmes to promote opportunities within the wider school community i.e. pupils, teachers, parents.

Monitoring and review

  • Manage all reporting of school activity and data associated with DYW (in relation to both National and local KPI's), while providing evidence of activity at key stages throughout the year
  • Increasing participation across the whole school in work inspiration and work experience activity with particular reference to those furthest away from the labour market
  • Increase the number of businesses working directly with the school to improve opportunities for young people
  • Undertake regular review and evaluation of programmes and activities associated with DYW.


  • Develop a school DYW working group that supports the DYW objectives within the school and those included within the school improvement plan
  • Be the lead in engaging with Marketplace, Founders4Schools and E-DYW to optimise the opportunities available to learners
  • Work as a part of a DYW Coordinators network to create specialisms to develop and deliver to all schools
  • Develop staff understanding of the CES, supported by school Opportunities for All Coordinator and SDS.

The Individual

If you have a passion for inspiring the next generation, a track record of working with education & employability programmes, are enthusiastic and flexible with a “can do” attitude then this role is for you.

If you would like to an informal discussion about this post please contact John Carroll, DYW Manager via email - or phone 07843 383242

When completing your application for this post, please ensure that you provide contact details (including e-mail addresses) for two referees. One should be your current or most recent employer.

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