Developing the young workforce: equality impact assessment report

This equality impact assessment report reflects on the progress of the programme three years in.

Stage 1: Framing

Results of framing exercise


At the outset, an EQIA was carried out formally accepting all recommendations from the commission's report. This can be found at:

The purpose of this EQIA is to reflect on the progress of the programme 3 years into the 7 year programme of activity and, where appropriate, provide an update on policy implementation at this juncture.

In carrying out this update, we have provided, where possible, detail of new evidence relating to protected characteristics at Stage 2 of this report.

Existing evidence :

For this assessment, we have updated the original EQIA undertaken at the outset of the DYW programme, with new supporting evidence, detailing our continued approach to ensuring equality is embedded across the programme for new policies.

In addition, the Scottish Government has committed to report annually on progress of the DYW Programme. These reports are available on the Scottish Government website at

At the heart of Developing the Young Workforce is a commitment to advance the interests of all our young people. The aim is to ensure all young people – from the early years onwards have the skills and knowledge to make more informed career choices throughout their school studies and beyond. The Youth Employment Strategy sets out actions to embed equality throughout the implementation of Developing the Young Workforce, however, there is recognition that some groups need extra support and guidance and for these groups there are specific recommendations. Support to effect this commitment to equality includes:

  • the career education standard (3-18)
  • the work placements standard
  • school/employer partnerships guidance
  • earlier careers advice and guidance
  • the Improving Gender Balance project with six schools to tackle gender stereotyping through whole school approaches.

The headline measures of attainment are set out by characteristics, measured and published alongside other school performance indicators:

Within this publication,

Table 3. reflects the percentage of school leavers in a positive follow-up destination, by pupil characteristic, 2009/10 to 2015/16

Table 6. reflects the percentage of school leavers by attainment at SCQF level 4 to 6, by pupil characteristic, 2009/10 to 2015/16

Extent/Level of EQIA required

Update of existing EQIA required


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