£1m funding to connect young people and business

Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce (DACC) will lead a £1 million initiative to connect young people to Tayside employers.
Alison Henderson, CEO of Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce.Alison Henderson, CEO of Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce.
Alison Henderson, CEO of Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber has received the Scottish Government cash to deliver the Developing Young Workforce initiative in Angus, Dundee and Perth.

This will include supporting the apprenticeship scheme with foundation, modern and graduate apprenticeship opportunities.

DACC will drive employer engagement with schools and colleges, shaping the future skills of young people and supporting local business to get close to their future workforce.

It said the opportunity is crucial to how young people can achieve a positive destination that is right for them when they make the next step in their careers during and after education, and will also help “talent pipelines” for employers.

Alison Henderson, CEO, said: “We are committed to the Young Person’s Guarantee so it is a passion of mine to be engaged with DYW and with this funding award we will be a key part of the delivery for the Scottish Government.

"Employer engagement is key to the success of the DYW initiative. Being part of the Chamber team with our large member base and connections with local and national businesses, means we can help the DYW regional group thrive in the Tay Cities region.

“As an SME, we have successfully supported thirteen young apprentices in the last three years and have found it to be a really rewarding but straightforward process.”