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Developing the Young Workforce

The Developing the Young Workforce - Scotland's Youth Employment Strategy was published on 15 December 2014: a link to the press release can be found here along with a link to the published document.   The strategy sets out the Scottish Government's response to the 39 recommendations in  Education Working for All!, the report from the Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce led by Sir Ian Wood. 

Developing the Young Workforce programme is a seven year national plan which looks to improve the options on offer for young people, and  reduce youth unemployment to levels of the best performing countries in Europe.  Throughout  the 7 year programme both our Programme Board and National Advisory Group will be key to providing crucial advice on the implementation of our plans.

Membership of our Programme Board and National Advisory Group can be found here. Our Programme Board, chaired by our new SRO, Aileen McKechnie (Director of Advanced Learning and Science, Scottish Government) last met at Forth Valley College, Falkirk Campus, where they saw first-hand students learning skills and qualification that will improve their prospects of gaining employment: the news release from our visit is here.

On 5 February, the inaugural meeting of the National Advisory Group took place to discuss how this group of senior stakeholders could provide leadership and guidance to the seven year programme. Jointly chaired by the Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training Roseanna Cunningham and Councillor Douglas Chapman, COSLA spokesperson for Education, Children and Young People, the group heard how the Scottish Government, together with its partners including local government were working to implement recommendations in order to create a world class vocational education system in Scotland. 

Membership of the National Advisory Group is:

• Sir Ian Wood
• Brian Johnstone (Regional College Chair, Dumfries & Galloway)
• John Fyffe (President, Association of Directors of Education in Scotland)
• Iain Ellis (Chair, National Parents' Forum Scotland)
• Larry Flanagan (EIS General Secretary)
• Grahame Smith (STUC General Secretary, Wood Commissioner)
• TBC (Chief Executive, Scottish Youth Parliament)
• Polly Purvis (Executive Director ScotlandIS: trade body for ICT industry in Scotland)
• Morna Simpson (founder of Girl Geek Scotland, Managing Director of FlockEdu)
• Annag Maclean (Headteacher, Castlebay High)
• Elma Murray (SOLACE representative)

In March 2015, local authorities received notification of their share of £6.5m funding made available to local government in 14-15 to support the implementation of the Commission's report. The news release can be found here.