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:
- funding the Activity Agreement programme, delivered by local authorities, which involves providing tailored support to some young people who have left school to help them prepare for employment, training or education
- providing more apprenticeships and expanding vocational courses in schools
- building greater links between schools, colleges and businesses by, for example, funding a network of regional employer groups
- funding national skills body Skills Development Scotland to deliver an all age careers service
- providing Educational Maintenance Allowances (EMAs) to help young people from low income families stay on in post-16 education, either in school or on a college course.
- providing funding support to the Community Jobs Scotland programme and Inspiring Scotland's 14:19 Fund which help disadvantaged young people access education, employment or training
- piloting a work experience scheme for young disabled people to help remove barriers to finding jobs
- reviewing the learning and skills system for 15 to 24 year olds to ensure it is as effective as possible
We will also produce a rural skills action plan in 2018 to enhance employment opportunities for young people in rural communities.
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:
- Developing the Young Workforce: third annual report: 2016 to 2017
- Developing the Young Workforce: second annual report: 2015 to 2016
- Developing the Young Workforce: first annual report: 2014 to 2015
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.
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.
Youth employment content dating before January 2018 can be found in the gov.scot archive.
Central Enquiry Unit:
Telephone: 0300 244 4000
Post: Scottish Government
St Andrews House