Date lodged: 20 October 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what support it provides for 16 to 19-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training.
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 27 October 2016
The Scottish Government is ambitious about its plans to increase youth employment and in our youth employment strategy we have set a target to reduce youth unemployment by 40% by 2021. Supporting 16 to 19 year olds who are not in education, employment or training to develop the skills needed to get a job is key to achieving that target and remains a priority.
In delivering the Opportunities for All commitment the Scottish Government supports 16 to 19-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training through a range of provision and funding support including:
Education Maintenance Allowance;
College and university courses;
Employability Fund training programmes;
Community Jobs Scotland;
Modern Apprenticeships; and
Scottish Employer Recruitment Incentive (SERI).
Since 2012 we have delivered a reduction of 12,000 in the number of young people not in education, employment or training but we are more ambitious than settling for a return to pre-recession rates. The development of the Participation Measure enables national and local partners to identify young people who are not participating and to support them to take up an Opportunities for All offer of an appropriate place in education or training. The latest Participation Measure Report published in August 2016 shows that, nationally, 90.4% of 16-19 year olds were participating in learning, training or work.