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Developing the Young Workforce

In June 2014, the Scottish Government outlined its initial response to the final report from the Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce led by Sir Ian Wood.

You can read the statement to Parliament made in June 2014 here.

In November 2014, the Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training Roseanna Cunningham took on lead responsibility for Developing the Young Workforce. In December 2014, the Scottish Government published Developing the Young Workforce - Scotland's Youth Employment Strategy, which contained our implementation plans jointly agreed with local government. Details of funding to Local Government for 2014/15 is available as a news release and 2015/16 as a summary table. In September 2015 we  published Guidance for School/Employer Partnerships, alongside the new Career Education Standard (3-18) and Work Placements Standard, in line with the implementation plan. These and other relevant publications and links are available under ‘Resources’.

The Scottish Government's response to the Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce is built around a programme management structure, because it is complex and wide-ranging across government and beyond.

To provide oversight of - and direction on - the Change Theme plans, and to ensure connections are made across themes, the Scottish Government has established a programme board chaired by Aileen McKechnie, Director of Advanced Learning and Science, with membership drawn from local and central government, the college sector and the business community. Oversight of the delivery of plans is provided by the programme board, which met four times in 2014 and is now considering progress through quarterly meetings. The programme board takes political and senior stakeholder guidance from the National Advisory Group. Jointly chaired by the Deputy First Minister John Swinney and Councillor Stephanie Primrose (COSLA), with Sir Ian Wood and Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn as members, the inaugural meeting was held in early 2015.