17 February 2014
Supporting young people who might
otherwise miss out on valuable training and learning opportunities
is the key aim of information sharing.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is working closely with
Skills Development Scotland in a bid to ensure as many teenagers as
"Information Sharing is a positive step forward as we try to help
young people who might otherwise fall through the net," explains
DWP Partnership Manager Michael Kennedy.
"To assist the planning process, partners need to know when a
young person who is eligible for support under 'Opportunities for
All' has registered to claim benefit.
"Through data sharing legislation, existing data flows for 16 and
17 year olds have now been extended to 18 and 19 year olds and we
are enhancing our Integrated Employment and Skills (IES) initiative
Through IES, anyone claiming benefit who is keen to develop
existing skills or learn new ones, but is unclear on what path to
take, can be referred to Skills Development Scotland for career
advice, information and guidance.
"We have set up a joint senior leadership team with SDS, which
meets regularly to make sure we are continuing to work well
together for the benefit of young people across the country," adds
"Information sharing is an excellent example of partnership
working and as we progress, it will enable more and more young
people to participate in training and employment."