Lynne Ralph – Head of DYW Partnerships

Having worked in the sector for over 30 years, I have a well-founded knowledge of tertiary education and the opportunities it brings to people’s lives. I have found myself spending the last 20 years predominantly working with young people, supporting them to engage with education, increase their employability skills, and raise their aspirations while increasing their opportunities for employment.

The School College Partnership (SCP) focuses closely on this, making sure that our courses are accessible and that school pupils across Fife in S3-S6 are given parity in the offer we give to all of our 18 high schools. My role is to work with my school partners and curriculum partners and bring together an offer that supports education, national and local drivers.

I am excited about all the new ways of learning we offer our young people through the SCP. With the opening of our Dunfermline Learning Campus from 2024-2025 we will have state of the art equipment that will serve our SCP students, employers and the wider communities, wiith the main focus being STEM and STEM-related programmes.

As the next workforce generation of innovators and industrial leaders, young people are extremely important to the future of businesses within Fife and Scotland.

As Head of DYW Partnerships, I am passionate about giving our young people opportunities, from working with employers on our Foundation Apprenticeship courses, to following pathways to positive post-school destinations while gaining knowledge and skills for the ever-changing workplace.


Tracy English – Lead Mentor DYW and Project Lead

I have worked as a lecturer at the College since 2007, teaching National 5 and Highers on our Pathways courses.

I now work alongside St. Andrews University on the First Chances Fife project, and support STEM engagement and other activities across all Fife schools

I am passionate about ensuring that young people in Fife are supported to reach their full potential and are not disadvantaged by their circumstances. I work with a great team, and fabulous pupils from all over Fife who are enthusiastic, inspiring and an absolute joy.

Brenda Heenan - School College Partnership Co-ordinator

In my current role as School College Partnership Co-ordinator, a normal week for me includes checking in with young people on our School College Partnership courses, reviewing attendance, attainment, meeting with curriculum and schools to review courses and opportunities across the College.

Another key area is applications, recruitment and enrolment on to our SCP courses each year. As a member of Opportunities for All Groups within Fife High Schools we look to support young people into college and work with support areas across college to help them to be successful learners.

You will also see me and other members of the team out in schools, attending careers/pathway events and giving information on School College Partnership provision and post-school provision across the College.

Denise Yates – Foundation Apprenticeship Co-ordinator

I have been with the College for nearly 13 years and previously worked within the Employability team delivering programmes to disadvantaged and mainstream students across Fife.

Part of my current role is to ensure that Foundation Apprenticeship content matches student expectation and leads towards both professional and career development. 

Foundation Apprenticeships are delivered as part of a partnership within Fife, and paramount to this successful relationship is regular meetings to ensure common understanding.

Tracey Menzies - SCP Assistant

For the last 18 years, I have worked with students who are excluded from school, supporting them with work experience, life skills and delivering The Princes Trust. I have worked at Fife College for 2 years in Attendance and now with SCP supporting with applications, enrolments and attendance.

Diane Lawson – DYW Assistant (Foundation Apprenticeships)

I have worked at Fife College for over 20 years in various administration roles. Most of my time was working with vulnerable students across Fife to support them into further education, training, and employment.  

I have been in my current role since November 2020 working on the Foundation Apprenticeship programme liaising with schools and supporting school pupils through their learning.

Kayleigh Potter - Departmental Administrator for DYW Partnerships

I have worked for Fife College since October 2021. I started in Learning and Skills as an Administrator and have now moved to DYW Partnerships to be their Departmental Administrator. In my role I help aid the team with communications, event planning and much more. I have an interest in helping to develop the young workforce to build their knowledge base and adapt their skills that will help them in their futures.

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