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Equality, Poverty & Welfare Analysis Team
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Summary: Employability, Skills and Lifelong Learning

young people learning Summary: Advanced Learning and Fair Work

 
Age
  • Young people (aged 16-20) made up 40% of all entrants to Higher Education in Scotland in 2016-17. The proportion of people entering Higher Education in Scotland in age bands 16-20 and 21-24 increased between 2006-07 and 2016-17 while the proportion of students in age bands 30-59 and 60+ decreased.

  • In 2015-16, 56% of full-time entrants to Further Education in colleges were aged 16-19. 18% were 20-24, 23% were 25 or over, and 3% were under 16.

External Source: Higher Education Students and Qualifiers at Scottish Institutions 2016/17 (Published: March 2018, SFC), Report on Widening Access For All 2015/16 (Formerly Learning for All. Published: September 2017, SFC)

This research has been carried out independently of the Scottish Government, the results are hosted on an external website and the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers

 

Age and Employability, Skills and Lifelong Learning page

Age page

Disability
  • In 2015-16, 12% of all full-time Higher Education students and 20% of all full-time Further Education students in colleges declared a disability.

External Source: Report on Widening Access For All 2015/16 (Published: September 2017, SFC)

This research has been carried out independently of the Scottish Government, the results are hosted on an external website and the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers

 

Disability and Employability, Skills and Lifelong Learning page

Disability page

Ethnicity
  • In Higher Education, students who declared their ethnicity to be 'White' constituted 87.6% of all students with an ethnicity recorded in 2016-17. Students who declared their ethnicity to be Chinese were the second largest ethnic group (2.7%).

External Source: Higher Education Students and Qualifiers at Scottish Institutions 2016/17 (Published: March 2018, SFC)

This research has been carried out independently of the Scottish Government, the results are hosted on an external website and the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers

 

Ethnicity Employability, Skills, and Lifelong Learning page

Ethnicity page

Gender

This research has been carried out independently of the Scottish Government, the results are hosted on an external website and the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers

 
  • 57% of students in Higher Education in 2016-17 were women
  • In 2015-16 full-time students in Further Education were more evenly split (54% women, 46% men).

External Source: Higher Education Students and Qualifiers at Scottish Institutions 2016/17 (Published: March 2018, SFC), Report on Widening Access For All 2015/16 (Published: September 2017, SFC)

 
  • In 2016-17, there were more men starting Modern Apprenticeships than women (60% of new starts were men).

External Source: Modern Apprenticeship Statistics 2016/17 (Published: June 2017, Skills Development Scotland)

 

Employability, Skills and Lifelong Learning and Gender page

Gender Page

Religion

The Scottish Government currently has limited information on the experiences of religious groups in employability, skills and lifelong learning.

  • In 2011, Hindus were the most likely to be highly qualified with (74 per cent of those aged 16+ having 'Level 4 and above' qualifications), while those who recorded as 'Church of Scotland' were the least likely (22 per cent). The overall figure for Scotland was 26%.
  • In 2011, those who recorded their religion as 'Church of Scotland' were the most likely to have no qualifications (35 per cent of those aged 16+) and those who recorded as 'Hindu' were the least likely (5 per cent). The overall figure for Scotland was 27%.

Source: Analysis of Equality Results from the 2011 Census: Part 2 (Published: March 2015)

 

Religion Page

Employability, Skills and Lifelong Learning and Religion Page

Sexual Orientation

The Scottish Government does not currently have information on the experiences of gay, lesbian and bisexual people in employability, skills and lifelong learning.

  • In April 2009 to March 2010, at a United Kingdom level, people (aged 16 and over) who identified themselves as gay or lesbian tended to be educated to a higher level than those who identified as either heterosexual or bisexual. 38.4% of gay/lesbian respondents were educated to degree level or higher, compared with 23.8% of bisexual respondents and 21.6% of heterosexual respondents.

  • In April 2009 to March 2010, a higher proportion of gay/lesbian people were in the managerial and professional classifications (48.8%) than heterosexual people (29.7%) or bisexual people (26.5%). A higher proportion of bisexual people had never worked or were long-term unemployed than either gay, lesbian or heterosexual respondents.

  • 68.6 per cent of heterosexual/straight respondents aged 16 to 64 were in employment compared with 74.5% of gay/lesbian respondents. Bisexual people were lower with 62.6%.

External Source: Measuring Sexual Identity: An Evaluation Report (Published: 2010, ONS)

This research has been carried out independently of the Scottish Government, the results are hosted on an external website and the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers

 

Transgender

The Scottish Government does not currently have information on the experiences of transgender people in employability, skills and lifelong learning.

National Performance Framework

National Performance Framework

Fifty National Indicators enable progress towards the achievement of the National Outcomes and ultimately the delivery of the Purpose to be tracked.

Indicators are chosen to show how the Scottish Government are progressing on the range of Outcomes. Equality breakdowns illustrate how protected groups are progressing towards achievement of the National Outcomes, particularly ‘we have tackled the significant inequalities in Scottish society’

Where available, equality breakdowns of progress against these National Indicators can be found under the 'What more do we know about the National indicator?' heading.

Improve the skill profile of the population , Data Tables (including Age, Disability and Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation)

Increase the proportion of young people in learning, training or work, Data Tables (including Gender, Ethnicity and Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation)

Increase the proportion of graduates in positive destinations, Data Tables (including Gender)

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Graduate outcomes by University and subject (LEO data) 2015/16 - Scotland (June 2018) Experimental statistics presenting employment and earnings outcomes for graduates of higher education five years after graduation. This analysis tracks higher education graduates as they move from higher education into the workplace, with breakdowns for gender

Work First Scotland & Work Able Scotland 2017 (February 2018) Statistics on the participants of the Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland for April to September 2017. This publication contains data for age, disability, ethnicity and gender

Data

Data

Scottish Government Survey Data

Annual Population Survey - Annual Population Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive

External Links

External Links

Please note that you will leave the Scottish Government web site by clicking on any of the following links, and that the Scottish Government and its staff are not responsible for content external to this web site. The research below has been carried out independently of the Scottish Government and the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers

External Publications and Outputs

Higher Education Students and Qualifiers at Scottish Institutions 2016/17 (SFC, March 2018) This release contains information on HE provision and attainment in higher education institutions (HEIs) and colleges in Scotland.

College Statistics 2016-17 (SFC, January 2018) An annual publication which contains an overview of college student characteristics, including age, disability, ethnicity, and gender. A more detailed breakdown is published in the Widening Access report published later in the year

LGBT in Britain: Trans Report (Stonewall, January 2018) Report based on research with 871 trans and non-binary people within the UK. It covers hate crime, discrimination, work, higher education, healthcare and housing

Participation Measure 2017 (Skills Development Scotland, August 2017) Statistical publication reporting on learning, training and work activity of 16-19 year olds in Scotland

Modern Apprenticeship Statistics 2016/17 (Skills Development Scotland, June 2017) Statistics on modern apprenticeships, covering age, deprivation, disability, ethnicity, and gender

Supporting Trans Employees in the Workplace (ACAS, 2017) Research paper looking at experiences of trans people within the workplace. Contains a review of existing literature, as well as results of a qualitative study of trans employees experiences.

Education Beyond the Straight and Narrow (NUS, 2014) A National Union of Students report looking at the experiences of LGBT students in higher education, based on a survey of 4,000 students.

How Fair is Britain?: Report of EHRC first triennial review (EHRC, 2011) This Equality and Human Rights review aims to provide an authoritative compilation of the available evidence about equalities in England, Scotland and Wales against 40 indicators agreed by the Commission, the government and other key agencies. It brings together the facts about the experiences and outcomes in life of different individuals and groups. It draws on a range of sources including censuses, government surveys, academic work, and secondary analysis carried out especially for this Review.

External Research Organisations

Scottish Funding Council - Collects information on further and higher education in Scotland

Skills Development Scotland - Collects information on modern apprenticeships in Scotland

Statistics in more details

Contacts

Employability, Skills and Lifelong Learning

FHEstatistics@Scotland.gsi.gov.uk

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