Young people's participation

Latest update: 22 September 2022

Percentage of young adults (16-19 year olds) participating in education, training or employment. Find out more about this indicator.

The proportion of 16-19 year olds that were participating in education, training or employment was 92.4% in 2022 compared to 92.2% in 2021. This is a slight increase of 0.2 pp. 

There are seven data points available for this National Performance Framework (NPF) Indicator.  The proportion of 16-19 year olds that were participating in education, training or employment has increased from 2016 to 2018 (1.5 pp). In 2019 this decreased by 0.3 pp compared to the previous year. In 2021 this slightly increased by 0.05 pp compared to the previous year. In 2022, the proportion of 16-19 year olds that were participating in education, training or employment was 92.4%, a slight increase of 0.2 pp compared to the previous year (92.2%).

Underneath the headline result:

  • Those who live in more deprived areas are less likely to be reported as participating compared to those from less deprived areas. There is a 9.3 pp gap in the participation rate between those from the most deprived areas (SIMD quintile 1) and the least deprived areas (SIMD quintile 5). This is the same as 2021.

  • The participation rate for 16-19 year old females is 93.2%, in comparison to 91.6% for males. The participation rate remained the same for females but increased for males by 0.4 pp between 2021 and 2022, narrowing the gap to 1.6 pp in 2022 compared to 2.0 pp in 2021.

  • The participation rate for 16-19 year olds in the Mixed or Multiple; Asian; African; Caribbean or Black; and Other ethnic group is 95.5%, which is 3.3 pp higher than the rate for those identified as white (3.4 pp in 2021).¬†

  • The participation rate for 16-19 year olds identified as disabled is 88.7%, an increase of 0.5 pp between 2021 and 2022. This was mainly driven by increased participation in employment which reached its highest level since the APM was introduced in 2016 (11.9% in 2022).¬† However, this was still lower compared to those not identified as disabled (17.8%).

This indicator can be broken down by age, disability, ethnicity, gender and Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation. These breakdowns can be viewed on the Equality Evidence Finder.

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