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20 December 2022

Interim Participation Snapshot for 16–19-year olds

SDS has today published the Interim Participation Snapshot for 16–19-year olds, following changes to the frequency of the publication.

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The snapshot provides a picture of the learning, training or work status of Scotland’s young people.

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 youth labour market.

Sharon McIntyre, head of the career service at SDS said: “After such a turbulent couple of years, it’s reassuring to see such high percentage of Scotland’s young people in learning, training or work.

“The figures are testament to the hard work, commitment and resilience of our young people and of the SDS careers advisers working in partnership with schools to support pupils throughout their time at school and through their transitions.

Linda Clinton, Developing the Young Workforce Officer at East Renfrewshire Council added: “As a local authority, we welcome the availability of this information, whether that’s through the snapshots and Annual Participation Measure or through the 16+ Data Hub reports.

"It helps us to understand the destinations that our young people are moving into and enables us to develop and deliver a curriculum that meets the needs of the young people and the local labour market.”

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 and the Scottish Funding Council, which is shared through the 16+ Data Hub.  

Today’s report is the first following changes to the frequency of publication. 

The new schedule will ensure reports are more statistically meaningful for partners and involves publishing reports in December and May, as interim updates, in addition to the Annual Participation Measure report published in August each year.

Have a look at the interactive report.