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'Helping young people into workplace more important than ever with cost of living crisis'

By Chris Saunderson

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AN ORGANISATION which supports young people into the workplace is more important than ever.

Jackie Andrews, head of academic partnerships at UHI Moray.
Jackie Andrews, head of academic partnerships at UHI Moray.

That's the view of the new chairwoman of Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Moray, Jackie Andrews, who is head of academic partnerships at UHI Moray.

Mrs Andrews, who has served on the DYW board since its inception, said: “In the current climate, with the cost of living crisis ever present, budget cuts, reviews and incoming education reform, our role as an organisation is more important than ever.

“DYW Moray has helped thousands of young people across Moray enter the working world over the past seven years and I look forward to spearheading our ongoing work.”

She takes over from Brian MacAulay of Chivas Brothers who served for two years.

Mrs Andrews added: “I feel privileged to embark upon this role and offer my wholehearted thanks to Brian for his guidance over the past two years."

The new chairwoman has great experience in leading groups in the third sector, including Moray

Women’s Aid, Morriston Playing Field Association, and Elgin Town Hall.

She is reducing her working week to free up more time for community and third sector work.

Managing director of Associated Seafoods, Victor West, will continue to support in his role

as vice-chairman.

The aim of DYW Moray is to lower youth unemployment. The organisation provides

opportunities for young people to be better prepared for the world of work by creating

stronger links between businesses and education.

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