Annual Participation Measure

The Scottish Government’s Opportunities for All commitment offers a place in learning or training to every 16-19 year old who is not in employment, education or training.

SDS worked with the Scottish Government to develop a new measure of participation, first published in 2015, which allows us to identify the participation status of the wider 16-19 cohort. This was further developed to become the Annual Participation Measure (APM). 

The measure is drawn from records on our Customer Support System (CSS), which are updated by SDS and by partners (including local authorities/schools, colleges, SAAS, DWP). It allows all partners to better understand the impact of interventions and the outcomes they deliver at every transition point for 16-19 year olds. Although the APM publication is annual, local authorities and colleges can access their own data via the 16+ Data Hub at any time.

The latest Participation Measure report (published August 2018) marks the fourth release of statistics on the participation of 16-19 year olds at a national and local authority level. As agreed by Scottish Ministers the Annual Participation Measure has been adopted in the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework as the measure of young people’s participation. This has replaced the school leaver destination follow up as the source of the national indicator, “increase the proportion of young people in learning, training or work”.

Individual summaries for each local authority area are available at our Local Work pages.

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

Further Reading

Further information on the Participation Measure is available here.

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