Empowering Youth: Scotland’s Developing the Young Workforce Strategy wins the Future Policy Silver Award

October 11, 2019


The Award crowns the World Most Impactful Policies Empowering Youth │ Other winning policies from Rwanda, Estonia, Nepal, Los Angeles, Senegal, South Africa and Europe



Geneva/Hamburg/New York, 11 October 2019 – Scotland’s Developing the Young Workforce Strategy takes home the Future Policy Silver Award 2019. The strategy has been selected among 67 nominated policies from 36 countries. Also known as “Oscar for Best Policies”, the Future Policy Award highlights the world’s most impactful policies empowering youth. The other winning laws and policies come from Rwanda, Estonia, Nepal, Los Angeles (USA), Senegal, South Africa and Europe. They are being awarded on 16th October during the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Belgrade, Serbia at the 2019 Future Policy Award Ceremony, which is organized by the World Future Council, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).


Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) is Scotland’s youth employment strategy and its government’s commitment to tackling youth unemployment and improving the skill levels of young people to adapt to market requirements. It brings together the education system, employers, civil society, youth organizations and local authorities in order to shape the curriculum and expand the modern apprenticeship programme. DYW is now an integral part of the Scottish education system and aligned with ambitious national goals to realize Agenda 2030 and transform into a green economy and a fair society. Its headline target, to reduce youth unemployment by 40% by 2021, has been reached four years ahead of schedule and more than 28,000 Modern Apprenticeships have been created.


Statements from the World Future Council, IPU and UNDP:

“By empowering youth, it is possible to tackle the multiple global challenges– the climate crisis, loss of biodiversity, unemployment and conflicts - that threaten our future. Through effective, holistic policymaking, we can transform our societies and enable youth as powerful agents of change. The 2019 Future Policy Award winners prove that it is feasible – and how. Policymakers across the globe should follow their example and step up similar exemplary political action!,’’ comments Alexandra Wandel, Executive Director of the World Future Council.


"The Future Policy Award showcases innovative ways to break down barriers in critical areas like youth unemployment and help set free the massive talents of young women and men," says Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator and Vice-Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Group. "Crucially, shining a light on these exceptional youth initiatives can allow them to be translated to other country contexts -- thus helping to drive forward sustainable development."


Martin Chungong, IPU Secretary General, states: “This year’s Future Policy Award honours exceptional policies adopted by political leaders who have decided to act, no longer accepting widespread youth unemployment or the absence of youth in political participation. They are committed to strengthen young people’s voices at all levels, including in getting more young people into parliament, and they have achieved unimaginable change.”


Since its inception, the Future Policy Award has recognized 51 policies from 37 countries that are tackling the world’s most pressing global challenges. Past awards have been given for policies protecting biodiversity, forests, oceans and food security, as well as for disarmament, children’s rights, ending violence against women and girls, combating desertification, and scaling up agroecology. The 2019 group of winners advance the economic empowerment of young women and men through decent and sustainable jobs, and youth civic engagement and political participation for sustainable development and peace.


This year’s Future Policy Award is organized by the World Future Council, IPU and UNDP, with the support of the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Youth Policy Labs. It was made possible by the generous support of the Michael Otto Foundation and the Jua Foundation.

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