Date lodged: 20 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made in reducing youth unemployment through the Developing the Young Workforce Programme.
Answered by: John Swinney 21 December 2018
We continue to meet the programme’s headline target of reducing youth unemployment by 40%, and see more young people than ever undertaking apprenticeship opportunities. As we move into the final years of the progress, we are determined to build on this progress, and seek to do more to support those young people who have difficulty engaging with the education and skills system .
The Scottish Government continues to prioritise the education of our young people, ensuring they have the skills and knowledge required to reach their full potential, both in their careers and their wider lives, and through DYW, we continue to prepare young people for the world of work, for both current and future labour markets.
We committed to reporting annually on the progress of the Developing the Young Workforce programme and the fourth progress report was published on 21 December. The report can be found at http://www.gov.scot/ISBN/9781787814486 .