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Interim Director – Developing the Young Workforce

Executive Director
Developing the Young Workforce – Glasgow Chamber of Commerce
2 year interim contract – reviewed in January 2023
Glasgow based but working across Glasgow/Lanarkshire/East Dunbartonshire/Hybrid

Developing the Young Workforce is the Scottish Government’s Youth Employment strategy to better prepare young people for the world of work. Set up in 2014, it aims to prepare learners for their future pathways and facilitate the transition from education to the workplace, helping all children and young people to experience opportunities to develop skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work. DYW currently comprises 21 employer-led Regional Groups across Scotland working to create these strong links between education and industry.

The two DYW regional groups of Glasgow and Lanarkshire & East Dunbartonshire are now looking to appoint an Executive Director through Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. The Executive Director will drive systematic development and increase collaboration with a wide range of businesses and partners such as Local Authorities, Skills Development Scotland, colleges and universities, and community learning alongside supporting the development of national DYW activity in Scottish Government. Based in the offices of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, the Executive Director will engage and support the two DYW teams to ensure the best possible deployment of the initiative.

The postholder will also ensure alignment of the work of the two regions, bringing the standards and practices of both groups to the highest level. Where the strength and efficiency of one region has reached levels above the other, the Executive Director will work collaboratively to lead and support the region to excel and reach the highest standards of work possible while remaining receptive to the unique demands of the area.

The successful candidate will be a strategic leader with strong experience of driving change, developing organisations and ideally with private sector experience. DYW has excellent operational staff and partners that carry out the work of the initiative on a day-to-day basis.  Strong leadership skills and a track record of project delivery will be necessary for the ideal candidate, as will experience of budgetary responsibility and of driving KPIs.

Experience working on or with Boards or Committees is also desirable as this post will report, in collaboration with the Director of DYW West, to the Chairs of the three regions.

For a confidential discussion about this opportunity please contact Debbie Shields or David Currie at Aspen People on 0141 212 7555.

To apply please submit a CV and supporting letter.