Year of Young People 2018

year of young people

In the Year of Young People, we’re continuing our commitment to working and engaging with young people in Scotland, as well as publishing reports that directly involve and benefit them.

Working for and with young people

children and young people's mental health

Following a successful pilot project with Young Scot, we are putting in place a Youth Advisory Panel, working with Youth Scotland. Our ambition is that this panel will work with us to involve young people more in our work and use their voices and experiences as part of the audit process. It will also give those involved on our Youth Advisory Panel valuable experience and skills.

We’re also keen to involve young people in how we communicate our audit work to young people, in ways that have value and meaning. The panel will help us with this, and this will build on what we’ve already started.

Read our blog about when we met with our panel, Inform100, for the first time.

In September 2018, we reported on children and young people's mental health. A group of young people affected by mental health helped us scope the report and advised how to communicate key messages from the report to their peers. A member of the Scottish Youth Parliament was part of our advisory group for this audit.

Our future work

children and  young people's mental health

Our Youth Advisory Panel will support our future work on these reports:

  • Educational outcomes - in 2019/20 we’ll be producing a follow up to our report on school education. An event with young people before we start the audit will help us understand the issues affecting pupils and former pupils.
  • Improving outcomes for looked after children (2020/21)
  • Youth justice (2020/21)
  • Outcomes for children with additional support needs (2021/22)
  • Progress in addressing child poverty (2022/23)

Other projects we're involved in

Charity work

Brain Tumour Charity

Since January 2017 we’ve raised around £9,000 for our corporate charity, The Brain Tumour Charity. And getting young people involved has been an important part of our fundraising success. Groups of Rainbows and Guides in Glasgow and Wardie Primary After School Club in Edinburgh have been supporting us. They’ve been busy making bandanas for us to sell for Brain Tumour Awareness month and helping us pack brainy bags to give to young people who have been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Every year, over 500 children and young people are diagnosed with a brain tumour. The effect of this is far-reaching and devastating, affecting everything from schooling to relationships with friends. It’s been wonderful to have the support of such committed and dedicated children and young people, all of whom have shown care, compassion and kindness for ill children, just like them. These vital attributes are so important and the empathy they’ve shown will take them far in life. All of us at The Brain Tumour Charity have been honoured to have their support.

Katie Mosses, Corporate Partnerships Manager, The Brain Tumour Charity

Big Noise

Big Noise orchestra

We’ve been involved with the Big Noise since 2013, with one of our colleagues working on a project to evaluate the social and health impacts of Sistema Scotland’s Big Noise programme in the Raploch area of Stirling and the Govanhill neighbourhood in Glasgow. Another colleague is part of the evaluation steering group. The Big Noise aim is to focus on economically deprived areas with multiple social issues and through playing music together, create real life improvements, not just for the children involved but for the whole community.

Read our blog about the Big Noise project.

Joining us

There are different ways which young people come to work with us depending on their circumstances or qualifications.

school leaver jobs

School leavers

We’re currently recruiting for our five-year school leaver programme. It’s a brilliant opportunity to earn great money, get fantastic on the job experience as an auditor and study towards a professional qualification. School leavers joining us will receive loads of benefits and training, including: full sponsorship to become a qualified Chartered Accountant with ICAS; a mentor and fantastic career development and job opportunities after qualifying.

Lauryn joined us as our first-ever school leaver trainee in 2017. Read her blog and find out more about how she’s enjoyed her time with us so far.

working at Audit Scotland


Working with Edinburgh Guarantee, in Spring 2017 we recruited a Modern Apprentice. It was an opportunity for someone between the age of 16–19, with an interest in a business administration/management career, to complement our busy Client and Services team, bringing new skills and fresh ideas. The apprenticeship lasts two years, with the candidate getting the opportunity to achieve a SVQ qualification in Business Administration, as well as valuable work experience. They also have a dedicated coach and follow a tailored training plan, helping them on their way to a successful career.

school leaver jobs

University placements

Each summer, a number of students work with us before they start their final year at University. They have the opportunity to make a difference in the public sector and gain real audit experience. Working across Scotland, they have ownership of key areas of work and are supported by our audit teams. It also provides great experience for them in applying for permanent jobs with us when they graduate.

Read the blog by Frazer Towers, from St Andrews University, who worked on the recent Forth Replacement Crossing audit.

Graduate scheme


We're recruiting for graduate trainee auditors. Did you know we train more auditors than any other public organisation in Scotland? Some of the benefits for our graduate trainees include full sponsorship to become a qualified Chartered Accountant with ICAS and helping us audit £40 billion of public money. Find out more and hear from some of current trainees.

Our recent work

We've published a range of work on subjects which impact on the lives of young people. Some of this has focused on education, but we have also reported on other areas which involve young people as well:

early learning and childcare

Childcare in Scotland

We reported on early learning and childcare in Scotland and from our findings, we produced a video and guide to how it works.

Audit Scotland work

Future work

Some of the work we're planning over the next few years includes reports on higher education finances and educational outcomes. We also produce an overview of colleges in Scotland each year. Find out more about what work we have planned.

Get in touch

If you would like to know more about our work or let us know what you think about this page, please contact:


Tricia Meldrum

Tricia Meldrum, Senior Manager, Performance Audit and Best Value

Gemma Diamond

Gemma Diamond, Senior Manager, Performance Audit and Best Value