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The most recent data on the participation in education, training or employment of Scotland’s young people has been published by Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

The Annual Participation Measure is used to inform policy, planning and service delivery, and to assess progress of the Scottish Government’s commitment to offer a place in learning or training to all 16 to 19-year-olds in Scotland who are not in employment, education or training.

The report is produced using data collected by SDS and a range of partners including, local authorities, colleges, the Student Awards Agency Scotland, the Department for Work and Pensions (excluding Universal Credit data) and the Scottish Funding Council which is shared through the 16+ Data Hub. 
SDS has worked very closely with DWP to progress to a position where it is likely we will receive regular data about Universal Credit claimants, both in and out of work, from late Summer 2021.
The effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and associated lockdown measures are likely to have affected the opportunities available to young adults and the choices they made.
The 2021 measure is based on a cohort of 207,529 individuals and the participation rate was 92.2%, a slight increase compared to 92.1% in 2020.
The percentage participating in education, either at school or in higher or further education, rose to its highest level at 74.8% whilst conversely, participation in employment fell to its lowest level at 15.5%.
The participation rate increased for 16 and 19-year-olds but it decreased for 17 and 18-year-olds.
Participation rates rose in 17 of Scotland’s local authorities and the gap between highest and lowest local authority participation rates was to 7.8 pp compared to 7.5 pp, last year.
“At this critical time, the statistics mean we can continue to work in an informed way with our partners to support young people with their future plans at this key stage in their career.”

James Russell, Skills Development Scotland’s Director of Operations of Career Information, Advice and Guidance

For the first time, the APM publication is accompanied by a new interactive report using PowerBI. This is available on the SDS website and will allow users to interact with the statistics in a more visually appealing way. It provides breakdowns of the data at a national and local authority level and by customer characteristics. 
In the coming days, a short video tutorial will be made available to support the use of the interactive report.


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