Sandy Begbie, CEO Scottish Financial Enterprise, Chair of Young Person’s Guarantee Implementation Group, Chair of DYW, and Chair of Career Ready, shares an open letter to young people from businesses, employer groups, and youth organisations.

While you enjoy the summer and a well-deserved break from your studies we wanted to write to you in our role as Scotland’s business leaders and on behalf of our networks of thousands of Scottish employers. As you receive your official SQA results, we want to reassure you that we recognise and value your qualifications as much as any other year. We congratulate you on everything you’ve overcome and achieved this year, and you have our support, whatever your needs and wherever your ambitions lie.

Over the past 18 months you’ve had to deal with a situation like no other and the flexibility, ingenuity and resilience you’ve shown gives us confidence in you as future employees.

We are committed to helping to create job opportunities for you so that you can have a positive future. We are also committed to ensuring that there are opportunities available for  every young person and that you have help and support to develop further.

Many people in interesting job roles across Scotland may not have taken an obvious or traditional path. Look out for #NoWrongPath which will show you that, whatever your results, there are different routes into jobs. There are lots of industries continuing to grow and new ones emerging which offer exciting opportunities. Employers need young people with fresh ideas and experience to get involved and work together with us to tackle big challenges, such as climate change. We will do all that we can to help you find ways to use your skills and talents in the workplace.

We all support the ambition of the Young Person’s Guarantee and its commitment that within two years, every young person aged between 16 and 24, will have the opportunity of a job, apprenticeship, further or higher education, training programme or volunteering. And we’ll keep speaking to young people across Scotland to understand how we can keep delivering on our commitment to you.


Wishing you the very best of luck with your next steps. Scotland’s employers stand ready to support you. This is our #CommitmentToYOUth.


  • Sandy Begbie, CEO, Scottish Financial Enterprise
  • Marc Crothall, CEO, Scottish Tourism Alliance
  • Louise Macdonald, National Director Scotland, Institute of Directors
  • Damien Yeates, CEO, Skills Development Scotland
  • James Withers, CEO, Scotland Food and Drink
  • Dr Liz Barron-Majerik, Director, LANTRA
  • Lee Ann Panglea, Head of CIPD Scotland and Northern Ireland, CIPD
  • Tracy Black, Director Scotland, CBI
  • Anna Fowlie, CEO, SCVO
  • Fiona Hodgson, CEO, SNIPEF Training Services
  • David Lonsdale, Director, Scottish Retail Consortium
  • Karen Betts, CEO, Scotch Whisky Association
  • Anne Wexelstein, Director for Scotland, Career Ready
  • Martin Crewe, Director, Barnardo’s
  • Susan Love, Head of External Affairs, The Federation of Small Businesses
  • Liz Cameron, CEO, Scottish Chambers of Commerce
  • Sara Thiam, CEO, Scottish Council for Development and Industry
  • Paul Carberry, Director for Scotland, Action for Children
  • Iain MacRitchie, Founder and Chair, MCR Pathways
  • Kate Still, Director Scotland, The Prince’s Trust
  • Kirsten Urquhart, CEO, Young Scot