More options for school leavers

More leavers seeking training.
More leavers seeking training.

More school leavers are moving to positive destinations such as employment, training or education than ever before, according to new figures.

A report by Skills Development Scotland shows that 92.3 per cent of leavers entered an initial positive destination in 2013/14, a rise of 0.9 percentage points on the previous year.

It also shows that the percentage of leavers reported as unemployed and seeking employment or training has fallen again to 6.3 per cent, down from 7.1 per cent in 2012/13, the lowest it has been in the last 10 years.

Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “The Scottish Government is committed to creating more and better jobs and today’s figures demonstrate improving prospects for young people with more school leavers heading into employment, training or Further and Higher Education.

“In just a few weeks I have seen a number of good examples of the work being done in our schools. The task is now to redouble our efforts to accelerate improvements in attainment and ensure that all young people have the opportunity to fulfill their potential, regardless of their background.”

Damien Yeates, Chief Executive of Skills Development Scotland, said the organistion providesa range of services in parthership with education providers and local authorities.

He added: “We also recognise that pupils need to hear directly from employers and that industry must play a part in shaping its future workforce. To support that, we worked with local authorities to organise a week of activity with over 300 employers visiting schools across Scotland to tell pupils about work-based learning.

“This activity is bolstered by the development of a new programme that will allow school pupils to complete ‘core’ elements of apprenticeships while still in school to help prepare them for the world of work.”