Young People 16-24

Whilst in school, DYW has provided you with skills for life, learning and work, enhanced work placements, increased employer engagement and a range of learning opportunities to develop your employability skills to effectively progress into world of work.

However, delivery of Developing Young Workforce – Scottish Government’s Youth Employment Strategy goes beyond your school years.  Aberdeenshire Council leads on a cross-service, cross-partnership approach to deliver on our Opportunities for All commitment to offer all young people in Aberdeenshire an appropriate place in further learning or training for all 16-19 years, ensuring every young person achieves their potential.

To assist you in moving on from School, Aberdeenshire Council has provided information on the wide range of positive opportunities open to you.





A quick guide to the Apprenticeship family in Scotland. Find out what’s available, how to find one, and how to apply.

Apprenticeships are designed to help you learn by doing, getting hands-on experience with an employer. It’s also known as work-based learning. You get training to develop new skills, them put them into practice in the workplace. At the end of your apprenticeship, you get a qualification recognising what you’ve learned. At the same time, you pick up valuable employability skills like time management, communication and team working. There are now three different kinds of apprenticeship in Scotland. Foundation – equivalent to a Higher, completed alongside other school subjects, Modern and Graduate Level Apprenticeships – employed status qualifications. What you can do depends on what stage you’re at. Apprenticeships are funded by SDS.


My World of Work

The help you need for the career you want.

My career options Start by learning more about yourself, including where your strengths lie. You’ll get suggestions to help you explore your options, from school subjects through to changes in your career. Learn and train Search for courses, and get advice on UCAS and college applications. There’s info on qualifications, volunteering, and funding – including SDS Individual Learning Accounts. Getting a job Find job or Modern Apprenticeship vacancies. Then use our tips and tools for CVs, application forms and interviews to help you get it.