Young people are key to our future economic success so it is crucial we do as much as we can to prepare them for the world of work and open up job opportunities for all.


We have already met the commitment set out in our youth employment strategy: Developing the Young Workforce to reduce youth unemployment by 40%.

We are expanding the range of opportunities available to young people by:


In 2012 we set out our commitment: Opportunities for All - supporting all young people to participate in post-16 learning, training or work.

Education Working For All: a report by the Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce was published in June 2014. It set out a series of recommendations to help Scotland produce better qualified, work-ready young people with skills relevant to current and anticipated employment opportunities.

In response, we published our Youth Employment Strategy: Developing the Young Workforce, in December 2014. This accepted all recommendations in the Commission's report and set out how we planned to implement them.

We have published a series of annual reports updating on progress towards the strategy's aims:

Separate research

We have published a report to Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Government, produced by Progressive Partnership, following research into the role of parents in defining and supporting young people’s career choices.

Related information

See our policies on: schools, colleges, universities and employment support

Find out more about our work to support youth employment on the Employability in Scotland website

Labour market statistics provide up-to-date information on youth unemployment.

Archived information

Youth employment content dating before January 2018 can be found in the archive.


Central Enquiry Unit:

Telephone: 0300 244 4000

Post: Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

Blog: Developing the Young Workforce

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