Friday, 22 January 2016 15:35

Record high school leavers in education, work or training

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 New figures show that the proportion of school leavers in a positive destination (further or higher education, work or training) has increased under the SNP to a record high.

 The figures, obtained through a Written Question lodged by George Adam MSP, show that the number of young people in a positive destination three months after leaving school has increased from 86.6 per cent in 2006-07 to 92.9 per cent in 2014-15. The figures also show that more are staying in a positive destination, with the number of leavers in a positive destination after nine months increasing from 84 per cent in 2007-08 to 91.7 per cent in 2013-14.
 Commenting, Mr Adam said:
 “These figures show that solid progress has been made under the SNP towards ensuring that every young person can reach their full potential.
 “Since coming to office the SNP government has retained and extended the Education Maintenance Allowance; maintained full-time places at our colleges; exceeded its target of 25,000 Modern Apprenticeships per year; and scrapped university tuition fees.
 “This has all contributed to the highest level of youth employment for ten years – testament to the focus the SNP government has placed on getting more young people into work.
 “But we cannot be complacent. That’s why the Scottish Government has set the ambitious goal of reducing youth unemployment by 40 per cent by 2021.
 “On this as on so many issues, the SNP has a solid record in government and is ambitious for the future of our young people – if re-elected in May we will work tirelessly to meet these ambitions.”