Students across Ayrshire attended the third Annual Conference of Developing the Young Workforce (DYW).

It gave delegates the opportunity to hear from young people, educators, and employers who have benefited from being involved with DYW Ayrshire and the partnerships that have been developed.

Employers heard how engaging with education can support them to nurture future talent pipeline, engage with their local community and support young people in their career aspirations.

The Conference was hosted by Steering Group member and MSYP, Aaran McDonald.

Key notespeakers included Douglas Hutchison, Depute Chief Executive & Director of People – South Ayrshire Council, Rob Woodward, Chair of DYW Employer Forum and Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Business, Fair Work & Skills.

Rob Woodward, Chair of DYW Employer Forum said: “It was a pleasure to hear more about the great work that is being led by the DYW Ayrshire team.

“It is clear that DYW is becoming embedded in Ayrshire schools and is beginning to make a difference to the career prospects and aspirations of Ayrshire’s young people.”

Jamie Hepburn MSP said in Ayrshire he had seen first-hand ‘progress in action’.