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SDS has today published an update to the Monthly Participation Snapshot, providing a picture of the learning, training or work status of Scotland’s 16 and 17-year olds. 


This management information helps 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 enables Scottish Government to better understand the impact of the current economic crisis on the youth labour market. 


This will be the final release in this series as the report will not be published between June and October as this is a period of transition e.g. school leavers are transitioning from school and full enrolment data from colleges and SAAS may not have been received.  

The plan is to restart the publication again in November and it is hoped the quality of data in the report will be further enhanced through the receipt of Universal Credit data from DWP. 


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.  

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