Plans to cut youth unemployment outlined in Wood Report

2 June 2014

Scotland’s vocational education system must be improved if youth unemployment is to fall, according to a new report published by a commission chaired by businessman, Sir Ian Wood.

A central recommendation of the report was that employers should play a far bigger role in schools and colleges. Other recommendations included enhanced careers education in primary schools, an opportunity to prepare for a modern apprenticeship in the senior phase of secondary school and measures to improve gender balance in training and remove barriers for young disabled people, care leavers and black and minority ethnic groups taking up training opportunities.

The commission, established by the Scottish government, spent 18 months consulting with industry and education to see how the country’s system of vocational education could be improved.
Sir Wood said that if the measures contained in the report were implemented, youth unemployment could be cut by 40 per cent, and the commission have stated that Scotland should bring its youth employment down below 30,000 in line with the five best European countries by 2020.

Scotland’s youth employment minister said she would work to take the recommendations forward.