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Supporting young people who might otherwise miss out on valuable training and learning opportunities is the key aim of information sharing.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is working closely with Skills Development Scotland in a bid to ensure as many teenagers as possible benefit.

"Information Sharing is a positive step forward as we try to help young people who might otherwise fall through the net," explains DWP Partnership Manager Michael Kennedy.

"To assist the planning process, partners need to know when a young person who is eligible for support under 'Opportunities for All' has registered to claim benefit."

"Through data sharing legislation, existing data flows for 16 and 17 year olds have now been extended to 18 and 19 year olds and we are enhancing our Integrated Employment and Skills (IES) initiative too."

Michael Kennedy

Through IES, anyone claiming benefit who is keen to develop existing skills or learn new ones, but is unclear on what path to take, can be referred to Skills Development Scotland for career advice, information and guidance.

"We have set up a joint senior leadership team with SDS, which meets regularly to make sure we are continuing to work well together for the benefit of young people across the country," adds Michael.

"Information sharing is an excellent example of partnership working and as we progress, it will enable more and more young people to participate in training and employment."

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