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Engaging with young people can bring direct benefits to your business and help support our local communities and the islands'economy. There are also many ways to get involved and offer support to young people.

By engaging with Developing the Young Workforce Outer Hebrides, we can help you:

  • access a pipeline of skilled potential future employees ready for work (the 'shop window' effect)

  • make recruitment and succession planning easier, less time consuming and more cost-effective

  • enhance your professional development and that of your colleagues 

  • influence the local economic relevance the school curriculum

  • develop a 'fully certificated workforce', with support for existing young employees

  • boost employee engagement, increase motivation and improve staff retention.

  • provide access to high-quality candidates for work placements

  • learn of and gain access to business and training grants and services

  • improve schools’ and colleges’ knowledge of current jobs and career opportunities in your business or sector

  • source pre-employment training tailored to your needs

  • make it simple to connect with schools, colleges and other education providers

  • enhance your reputation and profile in the community and with customers


Whether you can devote an hour, one day, a week or more, there are lots of ways businesses and employees can get involved:

  • inspire the next generation to enter your industry by passing on tips and experience from your career in a presentation to young people

  • host workplace visits to show the range of roles or careers your company or organisation can offer

  • provide work shadowing or short work experience opportunities

  • employ a young person directly into a role, as a trainee or modern apprentice

  • mentor a young person at school, college or even after they’ve started their first job

  • take part in a practical session to help with applications and mock interviews

  • work with us to develop case studies or videos to showcase your industry and work with young people

Find out how you can get involved by emailing us at

Meet The Board

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