Developing the young workforce: fifth annual progress report 2018-2019

Fifth annual report of developing the young workforce covers academic year 2018 to 2019 and highlights early progress made in the first part of academic year 2019-2020.

Using this report

Progress in the implementation of the Developing the Young Workforce programme can be understood in terms of:

  • Outcomes (monitored primarily through Key Performance Indicators, or KPIs) and outputs which result from our activity;
  • Growth in partnerships and collaboration;
  • Development of new and changing practice;
  • Evidence of involvement and engagement with young people in new ways of working.

The progress made needs to be considered in the context of the wider challenges DYW is seeking to address, including:

  • Achieving collaboration and buy-in across different parts of the system;
  • Aligning and maximising resources and capacity within the system;
  • Overcoming constraints in the design of the system.

Progress is assessed against the evidence that recommendations have been completed, in terms of:

  • Inputs achieved – this is in relation to the completion of planned activity;
  • Outputs delivered – this is in relation to the things that have been created by the programme, so for example, increases in the number of vocational qualifications delivered in school;
  • The impact made – this is in relation to change observed in programme KPIs (Chapter 6).

Key terms used within this report

  • Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence (CfE): the curriculum framework for Scottish schools for learners from the ages 3-15. It is made up of the Broad General Education from Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) up until the end of S3, and the Senior Phase (S4 to S6), in which young people can take qualifications that suit their abilities and interests, do further study, improve their skills and get work experience. In the Senior Phase, young people can choose whether to stay on at school, go to college or university, do work-based learning, community-based learning, volunteering or a combination of these.
  • Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework (SCQF): the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework is the national credit transfer system for all levels of qualifications in Scotland.
  • DYW Regional Groups: employer-led regional groups, focused on supporting young people into employment by bridging the gap between education and employers.


Who oversees the programme?

  • The DYW Programme is managed by the Scottish Government and is accountable to Scottish Ministers;
  • The partnership between national and local government is monitored and developed through the National Advisory Group. This group's role is to provide formal expression of the guiding coalition that supports the DYW programme: through its members it will be able to promote the associated vision to stakeholders across Scotland;
  • Progress is overseen by the DYW Programme Board, who provide the leadership and co-ordination between the workstreams (also known as Change Themes). It ensures connections are made across Change Themes and monitors progress against plans.

Further Information

Further information on the programme can be found at:



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