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Question reference: S5W-26767

  • Asked by: Jenny Gilruth, MSP for Mid Fife and Glenrothes, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: 18 December 2019
  • Current status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by John Swinney on 19 December 2019


To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made in reducing youth unemployment through the Developing the Young Workforce Programme.


We committed to reporting annually on the progress of the Developing the Young Workforce programme and the fifth progress report was published on 19 December. The report can be found at: .

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. Through DYW we continue to prepare young people for the world of work, for both current and future labour markets.

We continue to meet the programme’s headline target of reducing youth unemployment by 40%, and see record numbers of young people undertaking apprenticeship opportunities. As we move into the final years of the programme, we are determined to build on this progress, to strengthen partnership working across the education system and do more to support young people who face additional barriers when embarking on their learner journey.