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Summary: Employability, Skills and Lifelong Learning

young people learning Summary: Advanced Learning and Fair Work

 
Age
  • Young people (aged 16-21) made up 41% of all entrants to Higher Education in Scotland in 2015-16. The proportion of people entering Higher Education in Scotland in age bands 16-20 and 21-24 increased between 2006-07 and 2015-16 while the proportion of students in age bands 25-59 and 60+ decreased.

  • In 2014-15, 49% of students (Full-Time Equivalent) in Further Education in colleges were 16-19. 20% were 20-24, 29.4% were over 25, and 3% were under 16.

Source: Higher Education Students and Qualifiers at Scottish Institutions 2015-16 , Learning for All: Measures of Success 2016

 

Age and Employability, Skills and Lifelong Learning page

Age page

 

Disability
  • In 2014-15, 10% of all Higher Education students and 20% of Further Education students in colleges declared a disability.

Source:  Learning for All: Measures of Success 2016

 

Disability and Employability, Skills and Lifelong Learning page

Disability page

 

Ethnicity
  • 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

 

Ethnicity Employability, Skills, and Lifelong Learning page

Ethnicity page

 

Gender
  • Over half of students in Higher Education in 2015-16 were women (57%)
  • In 2014-15 students in Further Education were more evenly split (51% women, 49% men).

Source:  Higher Education Students and Qualifiers at Scottish Institutions 2015-16, Learning for All 2016

  • In 2016-17, there were more men starting Modern Apprenticeships than women (60% of new starts were men).

Source: Modern Apprenticeship Statistics, 2016-17 Q4

 

Employability, Skills and Lifelong Learning and Gender page

Gender Page

Religion

The Scottish Government currently has limited information on the experiences of religious groups in employability, skills and lifelong learning.

  • In 2011, Hindus were the most likely to be highly qualified with (74 per cent of those aged 16+ having 'Level 4 and above' qualifications), while those who recorded as 'Church of Scotland' were the least likely (22 per cent). The overall figure for Scotland was 26%.
  • In 2011, those who recorded their religion as 'Church of Scotland' were the most likely to have no qualifications (35 per cent of those aged 16+) and those who recorded as 'Hindu' were the least likely (5 per cent). The overall figure for Scotland was 27%.

Source: Analysis of Equality Results from the 2011 Census - Part 2 (2015)

 

Religion Page

Employability, Skills and Lifelong Learning and Religion Page

Sexual Orientation

The Scottish Government does not currently have information on the experiences of gay, lesbian and bisexual people in employability, skills and lifelong learning.

  • In April 2009 to March 2010, at a United Kingdom level, people (aged 16 and over) who identified themselves as gay or lesbian tended to be educated to a higher level than those who identified as either heterosexual or bisexual. 38.4% of gay/lesbian respondents were educated to degree level or higher, compared with 23.8% of bisexual respondents and 21.6% of heterosexual respondents.

Source: Measuring Sexual Identity: An Evaluation Report (2010), Office for National Statistics

 

These differences in educational attainment are reflected in the findings from the Integrated Household Survey on both employment and socio-economic class.

  • In April 2009 to March 2010, a higher proportion of gay/lesbian people were in the managerial and professional classifications (48.8%) than heterosexual people (29.7%) or bisexual people (26.5%). A higher proportion of bisexual people had never worked or were long-term unemployed than either gay, lesbian or heterosexual respondents.

  • 68.6 per cent of heterosexual/straight respondents aged 16 to 64 were in employment compared with 74.5% of gay/lesbian respondents. Bisexual people were lower with 62.6%.

Source: Measuring Sexual Identity: An Evaluation Report (2010), Office for National Statistics

 

Transgender

The Scottish Government does not currently have information on the experiences of transgender people in employability, skills and lifelong learning.

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. Equality breakdowns illustrate how protected groups are progressing towards achievement of the National Outcomes, particularly ‘we have tackled the significant inequalities in Scottish society’

Where available, equality breakdowns of progress against these National Indicators can be found under the 'What more do we know about the National indicator?' heading.

Improve the skill profile of the population , Data Tables (including Age, Disability and Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation)

Increase the proportion of young people in learning, training or work, Data Tables (including Gender, Ethnicity and Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation)

Increase the proportion of graduates in positive destinations, Data Tables (including Gender)

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Modern Apprenticeship statistics

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Employability, Skills and Lifelong Learning

FHEstatistics@Scotland.gsi.gov.uk

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