Date lodged: 22 November 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to statistics suggesting that there are fewer female than male starts in the Skills Development Scotland Employability Fund scheme.
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 6 December 2017
The latest statistics on the Employability Fund indicate participation broadly in line with previous year’s figures.
Employability Fund provision is available to those who are referred to the Fund in relation to their specific needs and thus is not subject to open recruitment.
Participation in the Employability Fund is against a backdrop of higher academic attainment by girls than boys, higher level of participation in tertiary education and a lower unemployment rate for females.
The Scottish Government will continue to work with Skills Development Scotland to understand more fully the reasons why there are fewer female than male starts.