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The Public Sector Network

The Public Sector Network aims to create more opportunities for young people in the Public Sector.

The Public Sector Network (PSN) was established in March 2015 as a joint initiative of the Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland aiming to create more opportunities for young people in the public sector.

The public sector in Scotland is a crucial contributor to the economy, employing 21% of the workforce - higher than anywhere else in the UK.

However, as a result of pressure to make cost savings, this workforce is decreasing and it is also ageing rapidly; 88% of public servants are aged over 30 and within this group, 42% are over 50.

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Creating more opportunities for young people

The PSN supports the Scottish Government’s ambition of increasing youth employment through the youth employment strategy, Developing the Young Workforce, and the Young Person’s Guarantee.

The network currently consists of over 60 public bodies – from health boards to national agencies and local authorities - and promotes the latest best practice in youth employment through a series of in-person and virtual events.

The network strives to develop and coordinate a structured approach for supporting public sector organisations’ youth employment ambitions and is committed to apprenticeships as a vehicle for workforce development, economic growth and recovery.

PSN Steering Group

The Steering Group analyses the common challenges facing public sector employers, such as the ageing workforce, reliance on higher education and a lack of long-term workforce planning and helps develop innovative ways to communicate and address these issues.  

The Steering Group identifies priorities for the future of the PSN, raises awareness of the scale of the public sector workforce in Scotland and promotes the breadth and depth of opportunities available.   

PSN Terms of Reference

Here you will find the PSN Terms of Reference.

PSN Youth Engagement COVID-19 Impact Survey Slides 2020

Here you will find the PSN Youth Engagement COVID-19 Impact Survey Slides 2020

PSN Review

Read the latest review of the Public Sector Network.

Find out more

To find out more and to get involved in the Public Sector Network, please contact Paul Zealey at Skills Development Scotland.

Want to know more?

Learn more about the PSN Steering Group members.

If you would like more information email us with any general enquiries.