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Post Equality, Poverty & Welfare Analysis Team Communities Analytical Services Scottish Government 1F North Victoria Quay Edinburgh EH6 6QQ
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.
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
Source: Learning for All: Measures of Success 2016
Disability and Employability, Skills and Lifelong Learning page
Source: Higher Education Students and Qualifiers at Scottish Institutions 2015-16
Ethnicity Employability, Skills, and Lifelong Learning page
Source: Higher Education Students and Qualifiers at Scottish Institutions 2015-16, Learning for All 2016
Source: Modern Apprenticeship Statistics, 2016-17 Q4
Employability, Skills and Lifelong Learning and Gender page
The Scottish Government currently has limited information on the experiences of religious groups in employability, skills and lifelong learning.
Source: Analysis of Equality Results from the 2011 Census - Part 2 (2015)
Employability, Skills and Lifelong Learning and Religion Page
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%.
The Scottish Government does not currently have information on the experiences of transgender people in employability, skills and lifelong learning.
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)
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
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Modern Apprenticeship statistics
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Page updated: Thursday, December 07, 2017