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SDS has today published an update to the

Monthly Participation Measure for 16 and 17-year olds. The monthly snapshot provides a picture of the learning, training or work status of Scotland’s 16 and 17-year olds and the first monthly snapshot was published in February.

This management information provides a picture of the learning, training or work status of Scotland’s 16 and 17-year olds. It will help SDS and other partners to ensure we are doing all that we can to support the future plans of young people across the country and will enable Scottish Government to better understand the impact of the current economic crisis on the youth labour market. 

We will continue to publish this snapshot management information on a monthly basis through to May 2021. This is because we have identified that monthly snapshots will be most reliable outside of the main transition periods, i.e. once young people have taken up FE/HE places in the late summer and before the main school leaving period in May/June.

The information is drawn from SDS’s CSS dataset which, with data feeds from statutory data sharing partners, is maintained as a shared dataset on behalf of Scottish Government. The dataset is the source of regular management information to data sharing partners on the education, training and employment status of 16-19 year olds in Scotland via the 16+ Data Hub, and is the source of the Annual Participation Measure, a key indicator in the National Performance Framework. 

The interactive report is produced using data collected by SDS and a range of partners, including local authorities, colleges, the Student Award Agency for 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 is continuing to work with Department of Work and Pensions to seek and secure access to Universal Credit data.

Now more than ever, this shared data gives SDS and partners valuable, vital and up-to-date information on the status of Scotland’s young people to ensure we are doing all we can to support them with their future plans.

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

The March 2021 snapshot is based on a cohort of 106,195 16 and 17-year olds and shows a participation rate of 94.9% for the whole cohort, 97.2% for 16-year olds and 92.6% for 17-year olds. 

95.8% of females were participating compared to 94.2% of males, and across all months, females were more likely than males to be participating. 

In terms of geography, those living in more deprived areas remain less likely to be reported as participating than those from less deprived areas.  

James Russell, Skills Development Scotland’s Director of Operations of Career Information, Advice and Guidance, said: “Now more than ever, this shared data gives SDS and partners valuable, vital and up-to-date information on the status of Scotland’s young people to ensure we are doing all we can to support them with their future plans.”

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