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
Statistics are produced using data collected by SDS and a wide
range of partners which is shared through the
16+ Data Hub.
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
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
"We are delivering 30,000 Modern Apprenticeships per year by
2020, whilst expanding towards 5,000 Foundation Apprenticeships per
"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."
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
Source - Skills Developement Scotland