Young People's Pathways


About the Inquiry

The Committee undertook a survey to find out why young people follow certain routes, what helps them and what hinders them, and whether they get to where they want to be. This includes the support and information available to help them know, at school and beyond, what the available options are. A BIG THANK YOU to YoungScot, YouthLink Scotland and the Scottish Youth Parliament for producing the survey with us.

The results of the Committee's survey is available in this SPICe analysis

Many thanks to all 895 of you who completed our survey. On the basis of the survey the Committee has agreed to undertake a short inquiry into progress towards implementation of two recommendations relating to school from Developing the Young Workforce. These are reproduced below. The Committee will issue a targeted call for views to representatives of young people, parents, schools, delivery bodies such as Skills Development Scotland and Education Scotland.


Submissions have been received from:

Senior Phase Vocational Pathways

Recommendation 1: Pathways should start in the senior phase which leads to the delivery of industry recognised vocational qualifications alongside academic qualifications. These pathways should be developed and delivered in partnership with colleges and, where necessary, other training providers. Their delivery should be explicitly measured and published alongside other school performance indicators.

Preparing Young People For The World Of Work

Recommendation 2: A focus on preparing all young people for employment should form a core element of the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence with appropriate resource dedicated to achieve this. In particular local authorities, Skills Development Scotland and employer representative organisations should work together to develop a more comprehensive standard for careers guidance which would reflect the involvement of employers and their role and input.

More information on the inquiry can be found in the news release.

The Scottish Government has published its Learner Journey Review which will be useful context for the inquiry

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More about us

More about what the Committee does, and why, is available here.

And here is the link to our full guide on how to submit information to the Committee.

If you have any questions about this work, please contact the clerks on 0131 348 5204.

If you would like to comment further, please email the Committee on

If you prefer, you could send a letter to:

Education and Skills Committee
Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP

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Following the first committee meeting on this inquiry, the Convener wrote to the Minister for Employability and Training regarding Developing the Young Workforce.

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