Youth Participation Rises
29 August 2017
Greater proportion of 16-19 year olds in education, training or
The proportion of young people in Scotland in education,
training or employment increased by 0.7 percentage points over the
last year to 91.1%.
The 2017 Annual Participation Measure for 16-19 year olds,
published today by Skills Development Scotland, showed the highest
participation rate is amongst 16 year olds (98.8%), with the vast
majority at school (91.5%).
The proportion of people not currently participating in
education, training or employment decreased by 0.3 percentage
points over the same period.
The figures also showed that 94.3% of 16-19 year olds from
minority ethnic groups are participating, which is 3.2 percentage
points higher than the rate for all 16-19 year olds.
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 the increases in 23 local
areas which showed an increase 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
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
James Russell said:
"The information gathered for the Annual Participation Measure
helps to ensure we offer the very best support to Scotland's young
"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
Source - Scottish Government website