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Developing the Young Workforce - Governance Overview


The Scottish Government's response to the Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce is built around a programme management structure, because it is complex and wide-ranging across government and beyond. The diagram below highlights the main structures for driving activity to develop a world class vocational education system in Scotland, reducing youth unemployment levels to those of the best performing countries in Europe.

To provide oversight of - and direction on - the Change Theme plans, and to ensure connections are made across themes, the Scottish Government has established a programme board chaired by Aileen McKechnie, Director of Advanced Learning and Science, with membership drawn from local and central government, the college sector and the business community. Oversight of the delivery of plans is provided by the programme board, which met four times in 2014 and is now considering progress through quarterly meetings. The programme board takes political and senior stakeholder guidance from the National Advisory Group. Jointly chaired by the Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training Roseanna Cunningham and Councillor Douglas Chapman (COSLA), with Sir Ian Wood as a member, the inaugural meeting was in early 2015.


The recommendations are grouped into “Change Themes” that map broadly against relevant parts of the system: provision in schools through the Broad General Education (Change Theme 1), senior phase of Curriculum for Excellence (Change Theme 2), college provision (Change Theme 3), training and apprenticeships (Change Theme 4), and engagement with employers (Change Theme 5). Equality is addressed throughout the programme in line with the Ministerial request that the final Commission report focused particularly on occupational segregation and reaching those young people furthest from the labour market. Collaboration is central to our efforts:  no Change Theme can deliver their part of the programme without input and buy-in from another.


Change Theme Leads are drawn from Scottish Government and Education Scotland with input from delivery partners across the programme. Change Theme Leads are:

Change Theme 1 - Graeme Logan (School Years Directorate, Education Scotland);

Change Theme 2 - Alan Johnston (Learning Directorate);

Change Theme 3 - Melanie Weldon (Advanced Learning and Science Directorate);

Change Theme 4 - Rona Sweeney (Advanced Learning and Science Directorate);

Change Theme 5 - Hugh McAloon (Fair Work Directorate).