Today’s Staff Spotlight is a little different; we are speaking to Emma Lacey, Business Support and Communications Officer for the Regional Developing the Young Workforce Team. ‘East Lothian Works’ work closely with Developing the Young Workforce (DYW), and therefore our Staff Spotlight series seemed like a great way to highlight all the hard work they do.
What is the Regional Developing the Young Workforce team and what do they do?
DYW are Scotland’s youth employment strategy. Our aim is to get businesses more involved in informing, inspiring, and hiring young people, and to better connect businesses and education to create a skilled workforce in the future. We do this by offering free employer workshops and toolkits, establishing industry and education partnership frameworks, and encouraging groups to engage, collaborate, and influence, utilising digital tools such as Marketplace, and offering one to one employer support and educator work placement.
What is your specific job role and what does it involve?
Within DYW I am the Business Support and Communications Officer. My role includes:
- Managing our social media platforms and creating content
- Running reports
- Liaising with employers, schools, Edinburgh College, and other partners
- Putting together mailers
- Helping with the running of events
- Managing employer workshops
- Populating our website
- Other general administrative tasks
What is your favourite part about your job?
The best part of my job is going to events and schools and actively talking to the young people, employers, and educators. I also really like when we hear success stories of young people who have been hired or went onto further education, etc.
What is the most difficult part about your job?
Time management is definitely the hardest part about my job. Because the role is so varied sometimes it can be hard to prioritise and because I always like to help and do whatever I can for others there is often a lot to do!
What is a typical day in the working life like for you?
Every day is different in my role, however there is usually always marketing to do on social media, and general admin tasks. Most days also include some design work to be done for either the social media content or for infographics.
I’d like to extend a huge thank you to Emma for taking the time to answer my questions. You can find out more about DYW here: