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Lochaber Chamber of Commerce has been hosting employer-led employability programme Developing the Young Workforce West Highland for five years.

Over this time the programme has engaged with employers and schools across the West Coast to support meaningful opportunities and destinations for thousands of young people.

As part of economic recovery from Covid-19, the Scottish Government introduced the Young Person’s Guarantee which is a commitment to bring together employers, partners and young people. It aims to connect every 16- to 24-year-olds in Scotland to an opportunity. This could be a job, apprenticeship, further or higher education, training or volunteering. It could also be an enterprise opportunity.

DYW West Highland School Coordinators work with nine high schools across Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross, embedding the principles of the Young Person’s Guarantee. Working closely with school leads, employers and wider stakeholders has provided both businesses and young people with the chance to connect, explore opportunities and gain meaningful experience in the workplace.

With skills and experience at the forefront of DYW, it is a team effort to support young people to prepare for the world of work. Through DYW West Highland, employers can provide inspirational opportunities for young people to help them understand and develop the skills they need to succeed. Plus, the programme delivery team can be the catalyst for positively influencing a young person’s future.

​Would you like to join us to help influence education and shape the future workforce Scotland needs? DYW West Highland is currently recruiting to part-time and full-time roles in Fort William, Ardnamurchan, and outside of Lochaber in Gairloch.

Check out these opportunities in more detail and apply online at