The Scottish Youth Parliament has urged all MSPs to start working together to implement the findings of the Wood Commission. The findings of the interim report are due to be debated in Parliament later today. The Independent Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, chaired by Sir Ian Wood, has recommended that young people should be able to enrol on more advanced vocational college courses whilst still at school.
In December 2012, the Scottish Youth Parliament, in partnership with the Scottish Government and Young Scot, hosted a Youth Employment Summit. One of the key findings of the final report was that schools place too much emphasis on university places and not enough on vocational options.
Speaking on the morning of the debate, Scottish Youth Parliament Chair Kyle Thornton MSYP said:
“Youth unemployment is an issue that is of serious concern to young Scots at the moment. Whilst we commend the good work already underway by the Government, as demonstrated at our Youth Employment Summit in December of last year, we believe more can and should be done.”
“The Scottish Youth Parliament urges all MSPs to start to work together to implement the findings of the Wood Commission, starting with debate in Parliament. Scottish schools need to have the flexibility to be able to support and nurture the talent and potential of each individual pupil throughout their formal education.”
“We believe that providing students with the opportunity to enrol on more advanced vocational college courses whilst still at schools is a step in the right direction and proves to young people that the Government is serious about fully supporting those who feel their talents lie in a more vocational pathway.”