Scottish government unveils seven year plan for youth employment

The Scottish Government has published a new strategy which promotes closer links between schools, colleges and employers to cut youth unemployment by 40%  by 2021.

Earlier this year the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce called for substantial changes to vocational education in Scotland and its recommendations on improved opportunities for vulnerable groups have informed the strategy’s aims to enable young people of all backgrounds to succeed in a stronger, fairer and more equitable society.

Key measures over the next seven years include:

  • increased uptake of work-related learning and qualifications in the senior phase of school
  • Earlier careers guidance available from 2015/16
  • New standard for work experience by 2015/16
  • New ‘pre-apprenticeship’ pilot to help those furthest from the labour market by 2015/16
  • All secondary schools to have active partnerships with employers by 2018/19.

Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training Roseanna Cunningham said: “Scotland’s economy is growing stronger and our employment figures are improving on a monthly basis. However, history shows us that it is younger women and men who find it most difficult to find a job, even when our economy is at its most resilient. Returning to pre-recession levels of youth employment is not enough and the Scottish Government’s commitment to supporting more young people towards high quality jobs remains unwavering.

“The youth employment strategy being published today outlines what we plan to do to equip our young people with the skills and knowledge they need from the early years right through to the senior phase and into an apprenticeship, further and higher education, and a job. At its heart are our detailed plans to implement the recommendations from the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, reflecting its vision for an improved system of vocational education that opens up work opportunities to everyone, whatever their background or gender.”