Developing the Young Workforce West (DYW West) regional group has been established to help employers to shape their future workforce. We are hosted within the Paisley Campus of West College Scotland and cover Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and West Dunbartonshire.




  • Based at West College Scotland, Paisley Campus, RE114, Renfrew Road, Paisley, PA3 4DR
  • phone : 0141 581 2352
  • Email : info@dywwest.co.uk


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About Us


Developing Your Future Workforce 

Through Developing the Young Workforce West, employers are able to engage with local young people, allowing insight into their industry and the opportunity to develop and source their future workforce.


Based within the Paisley Campus of our host, West College Scotland, our regional group covers Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and West Dunbartonshire - an area which includes 29 secondary schools, 7 ASN Schools and over 12,000 employers.


If you would like to get in contact to discuss how we may be able to help support your organisation, then please email a member of our team below.

The Team
Bob Davidson

Bob Davidson

Programme Director


Tel 07393 826121

Jan McMahon

Jan McMahon

Programme Executive 


Tel 07710 715536

Clarke Speirs

Clarke Speirs

Programme Executive 


Tel 07710 715535

Taylor McAteer

Taylor McAteer

Digital Marketing Executive


Developing the Young Workforce Guidance for Schools

Are you a working for a school looking to engage with industry professionals?

The guide below provides information for schools in relation to utilising school-employer partnerships and ensuring quality for both parties.

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Developing the Young Workforce Guidance for Employers

Are you an employer looking for more information regarding working in partnership with a school?

The guide below provides detailed information regarding the benefits of engaging with education and advice on maximising the opportunity for both parties.

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Our Aims

  • 1. Support employers to engage with young people in partnership with educational establishments
  • 2. Support employers to offer meaningful work experience opportunities for both the organisation and the young person involved
  • 3. Work with industry and education to develop opportunites such as workshops and careers events to inspire the next generation
  • 4. Liaise with our partner, Skills Development Scotland, to raise awareness of Modern Apprenticeship pathways
  • 5. Support organisations who are interested in becoming Investors in Young People Accredited
  • 6. Support initiatives to help reduce the overall level of youth unemployment
  • 7. Raise awareness of the opportunities available through Foundation Apprenticeships
  • 8. Support employers to engage with disadvantaged young people across our regions
  • 9. Work in partnership with education and industry to raise awareness of opportunities in STEM subjects