Meet the team

Scott Anderson

Scott joined the DYW team in May 2019 as the Lead Officer For Argyll and Bute.  Scott became interested in the DYW program as a result of returning to education after a career in the catering industry came to an end due to an injury.  As a student at Argyll College UHI, he became very interested in student representation and promoting education, was elected Depute President of the Highlands and Islands Students’ Association (HISA)  where he served on the Board of Argyll College UHI and later as a Trustee of HISA promoting the welfare and growing opportunities for students.  Scott has overall responsibility for the whole Argyll and Bute region.  To contact Scott, click here.

Caitlin Crawford

Caitlin joined the DYW team as the Support & Administration Officer at the beginning of November 2021. She has recently graduated from Argyll College UHI with a BA(Hons) degree in History.  As a former Young Enterprise participant, she has experienced first-hand the benefits of preparing young people for the world of work, and with future hopes of developing her career in Education, is looking forward to being involved in creating opportunities for young people. Caitlin will become the central point of contact for the new Schools Co-ordinators posts that are being created as part of the Scottish Government’s response to the impact of Covid-19 through the Young Persons Guarantee. To contact Caitlin, click here

The Team

Although the Team are relatively new to their roles, together they bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the project and will happily go out of their way to help any business, school, student or parent make the right connections to Develop the Young Workforce in Argyll and Bute.  Their goal is to ensure that No One Gets Left Behind and that we Get it Right for Every Child.

Introducing the DYW School Cluster Leads:

As part of the Scottish Government’s Young Persons Guarantee, each secondary school in Scotland is being provided with a part-time DYW Coordinator to promote DYW activities and ensure opportunities are available across the curriculum to all young people. In Argyll and Bute, we have employed 4 full-time coordinators as DYW Cluster Leads by funding the creation of new positions with Argyll and Bute Council’s Education Department.

Ailsa Cassidy – Dunoon Grammar School and Rothesay Joint Campus

Ailsa has a background in Youth Work.  She worked in a local centre for 5 years before moving onto Argyll College tutoring school Christmas Leavers employability and generating work placements.  Ailsa then spent 13 years at Rothesay Academy as the Princes Trust coordinator.  In her role, she led classes in Personal Development and Employability, Career Planning and as with the college, gaining work experience placements for pupils. 

Ailsa is very much looking forward to taking on the newly created role of DYW lead for Cowal and Bute.  She welcomes the opportunity to form relationships with businesses and industries throughout the area with the exciting prospect of gaining meaningful employment for our Young People of Argyll and Bute.

You can contact Ailsa via email:

Peta-Jane (PJ) Miller – Oban High School, Tiree High School and Tobermory High School

Peta-Jane joined the DYW team in August 2021 as a Cluster lead for Oban, Tiree and Tobermory. Having been working for a Primary school for 14 years, Peta-Jane became interested in the transition from primary to secondary school then onto the world of work and, when this post opened up, she jumped at the chance to become a part of the team.  Having a worked in a variety of industries, from hospitality to retail, Peta-Jane found working with children and young people very rewarding and is focused on making sure that every young person can achieve their full potential.

You can contact PJ via email:

Scott McKinnon – Hermitage Academy and Lochgilphead Joint Campus

A former Modern Apprentice with the PR Team of a large insurance company, Scott became involved in promoting the apprenticeship family and pathways through school visits and careers fairs. During this time, Scott mentored some young people through the Foundation and Modern Apprenticeship programmes which were offered by his employer. Having completed a short stint with DYW Argyll in the past, he is looking forward to re-engaging and creating meaningful employer partnerships to help young people achieve a positive destination.

You can contact Scott via email:

Suzanne (Suzie) Thomson – Campbeltown Grammar, Islay High School and Tarbert Academy

Suzanne has worked in education since moving to Argyll 15 years ago.  Starting as an Early Years Practitioner and Youth Leader, she moved on to become a Skills for Work tutor at Argyll College UHI as well as being the Assistant Manager of the Construction, Engineering and Renewables Centre (CERC).  Prior to living in Argyll, Suzanne worked in Glasgow within the corporate sector including Customer Service, Sales, Project Management and Campaign Management.  Suzanne is also a fully qualified hairstylist. 

‘I am fully committed to my role in DYW as I believe that all young people deserve the opportunity to become successful in a career path of their choice.’

You can contact Suzie via email: