1. Source; Labour Force Survey Jan-Mar 2014, ONS
2. Source: Employer Perspectives Survey 2012. UKCES
3. Source: Employer Skills Survey 2013, UKCES
4. Source: Employer Perspectives Survey 2012. UKCES
6. The senior phase takes place from S4 to S6 in schools and includes ages 16 to 18 out of school.
7. Sources: Working Futures 2010-2020, UKCES
8. Source: Labour Force Survey Jan-Mar 2014, ONS (not seasonally adjusted)
9. Small and medium sized enterprises are defined as those with fewer than 249 employees.
10. 44% of young people leave school with qualifications below Higher level. Source: Summary Statistics for Attainment, Leaver Destination & Healthy Living No 3 - Follow Up Destinations, 2011/12, Scottish Government
11. 4 out of 10 young people who attain qualifications at Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework ( SCQF) level 3 or below become unemployed upon leaving school. Source: Summary Statistics for Attainment, Leaver Destination & Healthy Living No 3 - Follow Up Destinations, 2011/12, Scottish Government
12. These are referred to as Foundation Apprenticeships throughout this document.
13. The Senior Phase Benchmarking Tool is being designed to align with Curriculum for Excellence by measuring key aspects of our pupils' performance in schools.
14. Scottish Schools Online is a publicly available, searchable directory of all schools in Scotland. The website contains data on pupil attainment and other information on each school. The website can be accessed at http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/scottishschoolsonline/
15. Scottish Qualifications Authority
16. Skills Development Scotland is the national skills body for Scotland.
17. Education Scotland is the Scottish Government's education improvement and inspection agency.
18. Regional Outcome Agreements set out what colleges plan to deliver in return for their funding from the Scottish Funding Council.
19. Estimates in 2012 suggested that the average annual cost in benefits of a young unemployed person (18-24) is £5,661.51. Based on this, moving 100 of these young jobseekers into employment would save over £500,000 a year in benefit spend.
20. Returns from qualifications increase significantly at SVQ levels 4 and 5 compared to lower levels. Source: The Labour Market Effects of Qualifications, Walker and Zhu (2007).
21. The Scottish Qualifications Authority is the national qualifications agency for Scotland.
22. Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise are the Scottish Government's enterprise agencies.
23. Department for Work and Pensions
24. The College will support leadership development at all levels for education practitioners across Scotland.
25. Small businesses are defined as those with less than 50 employees.
26. Business Gateway offers a range of professional resources and support to businesses of all types.
27. College course subject groupings.
28. Source: Skills Development Scotland
29. Source: 2011 Census, National Records of Scotland
30. Source: Skills Development Scotland
31. Source: Modern Apprenticeships: Equality & the Economy, EHRC (2013).
32. Source: Education Outcomes for Scotland's Looked After Children, 2011/12. Scottish Government, (2013)
33. Source: Labour Force Survey Jan-Mar 2014, ONS (not seasonally adjusted)
34. Source: Labour Force Survey Jan-Mar 2014, ONS (not seasonally adjusted)
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