Sharing data to help young people

By sharing information among key partners we want to provide tailored support to young people when they leave school, specifically those who are not moving on to learning or work. No matter where they are or end up, we want to give them a safety net – and reduce youth unemployment at the same time.

We’re doing this through the 16+ Data Hub, which is linking up the work going on across Scotland to help our young people find positive, sustained destinations after their secondary school education.

Data sharing in Scotland

Opportunities for All

Data sharing forms a key pillar around the Opportunities for All policy agenda, which promises to offer training or education to every 16 to 19-year-old in Scotland as they move towards employment.

We want to ensure every young person has the opportunity to receive all the relevant support available to them. This approach includes providing regular contact with SDS careers advisers.

The hub holds information on 16 to 24-year-olds that can be shared securely between partners, including Local Authorities, Colleges, the Scottish Funding Council, the Student Awards Agency for Scotland and the Department for Work and Pensions.

The details held in a central area include expected school leaving dates, where young people intend to go after school, whether this be into a job, Modern Apprenticeship, college or university, and information on those who are receiving career services and welfare benefits.

“Not everyone leaving school has a university course, training, position or job to go to. Through partnership working and information sharing, we can identify those young people and tailor local provision for them. That has fantastic benefits for the community as a whole.”

Emma Fairley, Opportunties for All co-ordinator, Scottish Borders Council

Data sharing infographic

Download our infographic which explains the ins and outs of data sharing in Scotland and the benefits for young people and partners. 

The Participation Measure

The Scottish Government and SDS are also developing a new Participation Measure to support the overall ambitions within Opportunities for All. The aim of the measure is to show the current activity that 16 to 19-year-olds are participating in at a national and local authority level. 

“Information sharing is a positive step forward as we try to help young people into a positive destination who might otherwise not have been identified to us.”

Brian Wallace, Partnership Manager, Department for Work and Pensions

Our FAQs

Learn more about information sharing by looking at our Frequently Asked Questions.

 

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