About Us

The strategy of education in the Outer Hebrides, (informed by industry) is to ensure young people in the school years gain the relevant knowledge, skills for work and enterprising attributes required to gain meaningful employment/self-employment.  This educational approach is as much an economic and cultural imperative as is educational.  Young people need to be equipped with the self-confidence and the local work-based skills required by the economy to maximise the islands’ linguistic economic and cultural opportunities.

For pupils, DYW means equitable access to:

  • Enterprising learning and teaching in schools P1-S6.

  • High quality, certificated senior phase work placements with local employers in the private/public/third sector.

  • An adaptable curriculum reflective of employment opportunities and economic trends

  • Personalised, certificated applied-learning choices throughout Senior Phase – as part of coherent progression-pathways into work/training/study

  • Certificated experiences of running micro-businesses, social/community enterprises, with support from local employers/community organisations


All pupils have entitlements to develop the knowledge, skills, experiences and certification required of a young workforce and locally this is progressed through a CnES education/economic skills strategy.  This data-driven strategy reflects both labour-market demand and the stated aspirations of young people - and has contributed to among the highest vocational attainment and positive/sustained destinations rates nationally


The DYW Board, comprising of both private and public sector takes an employer's perspective, it allows the employer to have a much stronger say in linkage with the education system shaping the curriculum for the future. 


At its core, the DYW connects the world at work with the world of education. This is a tangible opportunity for islands' employers regardless of size to engage with young people within their community. Employers have the chance to express their current and future skills/certification requirements, influence the school curriculum and help develop the young workforce. 

“To develop the Outer Hebrides young workforce, investment has been made to make funding available to local private sector businesses to support accreditation, skills and training.”


Meet The Team


Dolina Smith

DYW Outer Hebrides Lead and

CnES Apprenticeship Manager

"Engaging with young people can bring fantastic benefits to your business and help support our local communities and economy"

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Iain Stewart

DYW Outer Hebrides Lead, Skills and Enterprise Officer for the Education, Skills and Children's Services Department of CnES

"Developing a young workforce is an economic and societal imperative, with associated employability and skills development worthy of parity alongside any traditional school offer."


Tariq Hussain

DYW Outer Hebrides Lead Marketing Officer

" Working with the DYWOH has given me a unique opportunity to work with both young people and employers alike in order to develop our young workforce of the Outer Hebrides."