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The latest data on the learning, training or work status of Scotland’s young people aged between 16 and 19 has been published by Skills Development Scotland.

31 August 2017 

The Participation Measure is the primary means of monitoring the impact of Opportunities for All - the Scottish Government's commitment to offer a place in learning or training to every 16-19-year-old who is not currently in employment, education or training.
Statistics are produced using data collected by SDS and a wide range of partners which is shared through the 16+ Data Hub.

Increased participation
The figures show proportion of young people in Scotland in education, training or employment has increased by 0.7 percentage points over the last year to 91.1%.
The highest participation rate is amongst 16-year-olds (98.8%), with the vast majority at school (91.5%). The participation rate for 19-year-olds witnessed the greatest increase - up 1.7 percentage points - over the last year.

Best support for young people
James Russell, Skills Development Scotland Acting Director of Operations, said "The information gathered for the Annual Participation Measure helps to ensure we offer the very best support to Scotland's young people.
"By combining data from SDS, schools, colleges, Scottish Funding Council, the Student Awards Agency Scotland and the Department for Work and Pensions, we can accurately report on the activities of 16-19-year-olds and provide guidance where it is needed.
"Providing detailed information for this age group, rather than just school leavers, ultimately helps young people access the support, learning and training they need as they move towards employment to make the best possible start to their working lives."

Access to best possible opportunities
Minister for Employability and Training, Jamie Hepburn, said: "I welcome these figures which show proportionately more young people between the ages of 16 to 19 in Scotland are involved in education, training or employment.
"I am particularly pleased to note that 23 local areas showed increases in participation.
"Going forwards we want to ensure that all of Scotland's young people have access to the best possible opportunities and we are committed to continuing to work with local authorities to minimise the number of young people not participating in education, training or work.

"We are delivering 30,000 Modern Apprenticeships per year by 2020, whilst expanding towards 5,000 Foundation Apprenticeships per year.
"We have invested £5 billion in higher education over the last five years. We are committed to building a skilled and educated workforce and reducing youth unemployment by 40% by 2021."

The Annual Participation Measure will be adopted within the Scottish Government's National Performance Framework.  It is replacing the school leaver destination follow up as the source of the indicator, "increase the proportion of young people in learning, training or work", published through Scotland Performs.

Source - Skills Developement Scotland Website

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