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Summary: Ethnicity and Employability, Skills and Lifelong Learning

Summary: Ethnicity and Employability, Skills and Lifelong Learning

  • In Higher Education, students who declared their ethnicity to be 'White' constituted 87.7% of all students with an ethnicity recorded in 2015-16. Students who declared their ethnicity to be Chinese were the second largest ethnic group (2.7%) and those who declared their ethnicity to be African were the third largest ethnic group (1.9%).

Source:  Higher Education Students and Qualifiers at Scottish Institutions 2015-16


  • Degrees are held by 32% of people within the minority ethnic group versus 20% of all 'White' people. However, lower qualification rates tend to be either the same or lower in the minority ethnic group as the 'White' group.

Source: Annual Population Survey Jan-Dec 2010


  • In 2015-16, 84.6% of young people (aged 16-19) from ethnic minority groups were participating in education, while 70.5% of those from non-minority (White) ethnic groups were participating in education.

  • 92.9% of young people from ethnic minority groups were participating in education, employment or training, compared to 90.3% of those from non-minority ethnic groups.

    Source: Annual Participation Measure 2016, Skills Development Scotland



Useful Links

Ethnicity page

Employability, Skills, and Lifelong Learning page

National Performance Framework

National Performance Framework

Fifty National Indicators enable progress towards the achievement of the National Outcomes and ultimately the delivery of the Purpose to be tracked.

Indicators are chosen to show how the Scottish Government are progressing on the range of Outcomes.

National Indicator number 8: Improve the skill profile of the population, data table

National Indicator number 12: Increase the proportion of young people in learning, training or work, data table

- progress against these National Indicators, broken down by select equality characteristics, can be found under the 'What more do we know about the National indicator?' heading.

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Work First Scotland & Work Able Scotland 2017 Q1&2 (December 2017) - Statistics on the participants of the Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland for April to September 2017.  This publication contains data for age, disability, ethnicity and gender

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Ethnicity Evidence Review (2013) - a comprehensive review of the available evidence relating to ethnicity, across the policay areas.



Annual Population Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive.

External Links

External Links

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External Publications and Outputs

College Statistics 2016-17 (SFC, January 2018) An annual publication which contains an overview of college student characteristics, including age, disability, ethnicity, and gender. A more detailed breakdown is published in the Widening Access report published later in the year

Widening Access For All 2015/16 (SFC, September 2017) A report on progress towards the Commission on Widening Access targets. Contains data on further and higher education with analysis covering age, disability, ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic status

Modern Apprenticeship Statistics 2016/17 (Skills Development Scotland, June 2017) Statistics on modern aprenticeships, covering age, deprevation, disability, ethnicity, and gender

External Research Organisations

Scottish Funding Council - Collects information on further and higher education in Scotland

Skills Development Scotland - Collects information on modern apprenticeships in Scotland



Employability, Skills and Lifelong Learning