Developing the Young Workforce Perth and Kinross is a partnership between employers and education to help boost youth employment, improve our skills base and help our region grow.

Backed by the Scottish Government, we work on a range of programmes with many of our region’s 6,000 businesses, primary and secondary schools, Perth College UHI and other organisations, including the skills and voluntary sector. We also work with other young workforce groups in neighbouring regions and other parts of Scotland.

Find out more on what we do nationally & regionally for local employers, young people, parents & schools, here; www.dyw.scot

We have a great base here in Perth and Kinross, with many successful partnerships and initiatives already up and running. Some 95% of local school leavers go into employment, apprenticeships, higher education, further education, training, or voluntary work.

But we need to do more. That’s why £500,000 is being invested locally to ensure none of our young people are left behind. And to help more of our employers enjoy the benefits from supporting and employing young people.

Don’t miss out. Find out more about how we can help you and how you can get involved.

Our Team

Developing the Young Workforce Perth and Kinross has a small, friendly and experienced executive team. They provide a vital link for businesses and schools to work together to engage, inspire and develop our future young workforce here in Perth and Kinross. Our team can help:

• Bring employers and schools together to build mutually beneficial partnerships

• Generate a pipeline of skilled and talented employees for your business

• Support you in working with young people with vulnerable or disadvantaged backgrounds

• Put you in touch with partners and programmes to help develop the skills of your own team

• Support employers to recruit apprentices and trainees

Get in touch and they can help you find the best way to get involved to fit your individual circumstances


John Carroll


Our DYW Manager, John Carroll, has nearly 40 years’ experience in the education system in various parts of Scotland. He is a former Head Teacher at St Paul’s RC Academy in Dundee where the school was closely involved in piloting DYW activities in the City. Most recently, he has been Quality Improvement Officer with Aberdeen City Council.
Under his leadership at St Paul’s RC Academy in Dundee, John was instrumental in driving forward several programmes to improve literacy and numeracy, raising aspirations among students and supporting young people to achieve in spite of their challenging backgrounds. This fits well with our focus on equalities and our own Resolutions programme. John has also worked closely in his previous roles with a range of business partners and employers to deliver initiatives which helped increase understanding of local employment opportunities, improved the relevance of the curriculum and widened employment opportunities for pupils.


mercedes McGhee


Having studied Travel and Tourism at the City of Glasgow college and working for 4 years in the legal sector. I have recently joined the DYW PKC team as our new digital marketing modern apprentice to further develop my online skills and take on the challenge of changing career direction. Having a lot of ideas to bring to the team and a keen interest to progress, promoting employability in Perth and Kinross while undergoing training to achieve a qualification and managing my working role is my focus. 

John Robertson


12 years of Business Development in the education sector, preceded by 18 years of Operations Management with National Training Providers has  given me a deep understanding of the interaction between Employers and the Education and Training sector.

Working with this exciting initiative will allow me to put together Employers with the young people who will hopefully become their workforce of the future.

Lesley English


DYW board

The Developing The Young Workforce Perth and Kinross Board is responsible for setting our local strategy to:

• better prepare young people for the world of work

• encourage more employers to engage with education and recruit more young people

Led by the private sector, our Board brings together all of the key partners who have a role to play in making a positive difference. They include small, medium and large employers from key sectors of our economy, Perthshire Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses, Perth and Kinross Council, Perth College UHI and Skills Development Scotland, as well as organisations representing the third sector


David Fernie
director of energy contracts

Organisation:SSE PLC.
Sector: Energy

David is Head of Energy contracts at SSE where he has worked for 20 years. David started out as an apprentice in the shipyard, moving on in a variety of roles in the oil, finance and retail sectors. Taking time out in between to study at university.
David is Deputy Chairman of a charity foundation that supports youth employability schemes. David is currently working towards a diploma in Coaching.


John Duncan


John has worked for Aviva in Perth for the last 15 years in multiple disciplines and roles including Credit Management, Claims, Finance, Measurement and Insight. He has worked for Aviva in Perth for the last 15 years in multiple disciplines and roles including Credit Management, Claims, Finance, Measurement and Insight.


Euan Dear 

Federation of small business                                       

Judith Golden    

NHS Tayside                                          

Helen Smout                                                

Culture P&K 

Ken Brown                                                   

Balfour Beatty   

Macrae, Rosie                                             


Melanie Thomson                                        

Thomas Thomson

Sarah Russell                                               

Giraffe Cafe

Steve Stewart                                              


Morven Withers                                          

Marsh Commercial Insurance

Vicki Unite                                                   

Perthshire Chamber of Commerce 

Alison Seggie             

Environment PKC                                   

David Lambert                                             

Head Teacher Community School of Auchterarder             

Cathrine Etri                                                

Perth College UHI
Andrew Burnett                                          

Bev Leslie                                                     

Head Teacher Blairgowrie

Donald MacLeod                                         

Education & Children’s Services PKC 

Emma Bowman     

Perth UHI                     

Evonne Boyd                                                


Sharon Johnston                                          

Education & Children’s Services PKC

David Maclusky                                           

Education & Children’s Services PKC