Lynne Ralph – Head of DYW Partnerships

For the last 20 years, I have worked with young people, supporting them to engage with education, increase their employability skills, and raise their opportunities for employment.

I see my new role as an extension of this, and I am excited about all the new ways of learning we can offer our young people through the SCP.

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 extremely enthusiastic to be working in partnership with employers and Fife Council Education Services to provide young people with new learning opportunities to train and gain skills for the ever-changing workplace of the future.


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 Fife Council, St Andrews University, the Robertson Trust and Fife schools on the First Chances Fife project.   

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

I have worked at the College for 28 years in various roles. As a team, we are continually promoting Fife College opportunities.

A normal week for me includes meetings with school staff and pupils to look at opportunities for pupils whilst they are still at school, as well as those available after school.

Within the College, we liaise with the curriculum on current groups and any requests from schools for new things.

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.

Kirsty Penman – DYW Assistant (Foundation Apprenticeships/First Chances Fife)

I joined Fife College in January 2021 as a Developing the Young Workforce Assistant. 

I have really enjoyed working in the School College Partnership team, assisting with applications, enrolments and supporting our Foundation Apprenticeship pupils. I am also a former student at Fife College. Having completed the HND Social Sciences course, I progressed onto Open University through the partnership with Fife College and went on to achieve my BA Honours Degree in Social Science. My experience studying with Fife College was fantastic and I feel proud to have a role here supporting young people with their education.

Tracey Birkin - DYW Assistant (School College Partnership)

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 19 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.

Joe Hunt – DYW Modern Apprentice

I’m a former student of Fife College, currently working as a Modern Apprenticeship within the Developing Young Workforce team.

I’ve been in my current role since January 2021, and I enjoy the opportunities to learn and develop on the job. Fife College is a great environment, and I hope to remain here following the end of my apprenticeship!

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