The Scottish Government committed to annual reporting on progress of the Developing the
Young Workforce Programme. This third annual report covers academic year 2016/17 and
highlights early progress made in the first part of academic year 2017/18.
Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) is Scotland’s youth employment strategy and
through DYW, we aim to reduce youth unemployment levels by 40% by 2021. The strategy
aims to create an excellent, work relevant education offer to young people in Scotland,
giving them the skills for the current and anticipated jobs market. This includes creating
new work based learning options; enabling young people to learn in a range of settings in
their senior phase of school; embedding employer engagement in education; offering
careers advice at an earlier point in school; and introducing new standards for career
education and work placements.