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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.

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 training.

It marks the first time an annual measure has been used to provide statistics relating to activity across a full year rather than a single set date.

Statistics are produced using data collected by SDS and a wide range of partners which is shared through the 16+ Data Hub.

Important tool

The figures show that 90 per cent of Scotland’s young people aged 16 to 19 are in education, training or employment, with the highest participation rate amongst 16-year-olds, of whom 98.7 per cent are attending school.

Neville Prentice, Senior Director of Service Development and Delivery at Skills Development Scotland, said: “The Participation Measure is an important tool in ensuring that we offer the very best support to Scotland’s 16-19-year-olds."

"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. We will continue working with our public sector partners to ensure young people have every opportunity to progress in education, training and learning, and make the best possible start to their working lives.”

Neville Prentice, Senior Director of Service Development and Delivery at Skills Development Scotland

Reducing youth unemployment

The statistics were welcomed by Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Employability and Training, who visited SDS’s Careers Centre in Alloa and Alloa Academy to mark the publication.

He said: "It is heartening to see that so many of our young people are taking advantage of the learning and training opportunities available to help them into work and begin their career.

“We want to ensure that our young people have the best possible opportunities in education, employment or training and the best possible start to their careers. Scotland is outperforming the UK on youth employment, unemployment and inactivity rates, but we want to do even more.

“We are committed to delivering a package of measures in this Parliament to achieve our ambition to reduce youth unemployment from its 2014 level by 40 per cent by 2021."

“We will continue Opportunities for All, our youth employment strategy and the needs of young people feature in the Labour Market Strategy I launched last week, which sets out how we will put fairness at the heart of our drive to develop a skilled workforce capable of meeting future economic demands.”

Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Employability and Training

What's next?

Visit our Participation Measure page to access the latest statistics.

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