Marketplace

We’re working with Scotland’s regional DYW groups to connect businesses with education and help young people broaden their career aspirations.

How it works

Marketplace is an online tool connecting schools and colleges with business. Employers register using Our Skillsforce and start passing on knowledge of their sector through workshops, talks, workplace visits or placements.

Schools and colleges use Marketplace to bring industry insight into the classroom. Using the dedicated Marketplace area on My World of Work, teachers search for opportunities posted by employers or use Founders 4 Schools to find and invite local business leaders to an event.  

What’s available?

Employers can meet young people at a school, college or invite them to their business. The opportunities on offer include:

  • Skills sessions: Pupils and students learn a range of skills including employability, enterprise and soft skills like tips on how to find and keep a job. 
  • Inspiration events: Bring industries to life. Employers offer site visits to their workplace, deliver workshops on specific jobs or provide young people with a real-life business challenge to solve.
  • Career insights: Explain the job opportunities and routes into a sector at career events. Employers can offer work placements to young people or hold sessions with parents, carers and teachers to give them more knowledge of Scotland’s job landscape.

Why we're doing it

Marketplace helps build young people’s job readiness and increases their career options. At the same time, employers can help shape young talent, address skills gaps and source their future workforce.

We created Marketplace to improve engagement between employers and education. It’s been developed in partnership with Scotland’s regional Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce (DYW) groups who identified the need to help young people have greater awareness of the career options available to them.

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