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Participation Measure helps target support to young people not in employment, education or training.

Scotland's youth employment is at its highest since 2005 and a new Participation Measure for 16-19 year olds has been developed to provide a more comprehensive and detailed understanding of the activities young people are taking part in.

For the first time, we have detailed information on activity for 16 to 19 year olds rather than just school leavers, who only account for a quarter of the 16 to 19 year old population.

The Participation Measure, developed in partnership with the Scottish Government, improves the quality of information currently available and will help focus resources and policies to help young people make a successful transition towards employment.

The data gathered will inform policy planning, and allow stakeholders and local authorities to improve service delivery. It will also help provide a more tailored service to our young people.

Statistical information

The Participation Measure shows that the proportion of 16-19 year olds participating in education, training or employment is 87.6%.

The highest participation rate is amongst 16 year olds at 95.6% with the vast majority being school pupils (82.5%).

The lowest participation rate is amongst 19 year olds at 77.8%, although some of this difference will be due to some data being unavailable for 19 year olds.

This should improve in future years with further development of the statistical information.

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