Skills Development Scotland collects and analyses data on our programmes and activities. This area has been designed to make a selection of relevant reports and information publicly available.

Latest statistics 

Quarter 4 2020-21 statistics on Modern Apprenticeships, the Employability Fund and Other Skills Initiatives and are available in this section.

Please note we are currently amending previously published MA reports (Q4 2018-19 & Q4 2019-20)  to update age-related data linked to in training, achievers and leavers for a small cohort of trainees, following transfer from our previous recording system. This will not affect any reported totals, but may alter subsets of data where age filters have been applied.  Any amendments will be clearly noted on the front cover of any revised publications.

Code of Practice 

Since 2013, we have been following the Code of Practice for Statistics for our Modern Apprenticeship, Employability Fund and Annual Participation Measure publications. SDS has been named in legislation as a producer of official statistics. The Parliamentary order came into force on 21 December 2019

The Code of Practice for Statistics is based on three pillars:

  • Trustworthiness – through commitments to clear, orderly publication of statistics
  • Quality – of outputs
  • Value – of the insight provided

The public value of statistics is at the heart of the Code. By complying with the Code, SDS demonstrates that:

  • We are ethical and honest in using any data
  • We have a strong culture of professional analysis
  • We respect evidence
  • We are open and transparent about the strengths and limitations of our statistics
  • We communicate accurately, clearly and impartially
  • We are committed to engaging publicly to understand user needs

For further information, read the Code of Practice for Statistics here.

On the left you can search for statistics by programme and you can find our future publications schedule for statistics here.

Contact us if you have feedback or questions about any aspect of our statistics.


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Useful links

Scottish Government statistics - For statistics on a wide range of topics, including labour market and lifelong learning

Labour Market Intelligence Reports - Published by Skills Development Scotland

Research and Evaluation - published by Skills Development Scotland

Regional Skills Assessment Data Matrix