Chris Dowling - Chairperson - Cairngorm Group

Chris, a Director of the Cairngorm Group which is a family business first established in 1953. DYW has been a part of the companies ethos right from the beginning with a long history of providing both apprenticeships & work experience placements for school leavers & long term unemployed. Currently around 10% of the company’s workforce are employed in formal apprenticeships or modern apprenticeship schemes which include joiners, glaziers, fabrication staff & admin staff. Chris has personally been involved in working closely in not only facilitating work placements but also delivering talks to school pupils about what to expect on placements & taking part in mock interviews. Out with Cairngorm Chris is part of the leadership team at the church he attends, King’s Inverness. As part of his role Chris has established a work club as well as work placements within the churches coffee shop which serves the local community. Chris has also been trained as Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Money coach. Chris said “I believe we require a holistic approach where we help pupils find meaning & purpose opposed to just a job. I also believe we need to prepare them for every aspect of life after leaving school. Being involved in this process at both Cairngorm & King’s has I hoped, equipped me for this role which I feel very humbled to have been asked to take on”.

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The Team

DYW Inverness & Central Highland Team
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Andy Maxtone - Programme Manager

Andy Maxtone - Programme Manager
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Eilidh Edgar - Operations Manager

Eilidh Edgar - Operations Manager
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DYW Inverness and Central Highland

Helping Young People Succeed In The Workplace

28% of young people want to stay in the Inverness and Central Highlands area and43% wish to remain in the Highlands & Islands
29% of employers have staff that are under-utilised
Only 29% of businesses in Scotland recruit young people directly from education
Only 30% of Scottish businesseshave any meaningful contact with schools