FALKIRK DISTRICT SCHOOL LEAVERS HEADING FOR POSITIVE DESTINATIONS

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LATEST STATS SHOW CONTINUED PROGRESS ON PROSPECTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Latest figures released by the Scottish Government have shown that school leavers across the Falkirk district are going on to positive destinations in greater numbers than previously.

In 2015-16, 95% of school leavers went onto positive destinations after leaving school in Falkirk district – an increase of 5% in the past year, and up 5% since 2011-12. The figures also showed that 37% of leavers went into higher education, whilst 28% went into employment in 2015-16.

The SNP Government has made education its number one priority in this parliament and is committed to improving education standards in our schools and giving our young people the best opportunities in life.

Commenting, SNP MSP for Falkirk East, Angus MacDonald said:

“The Scottish Government is committed to continually improving standards in our schools and ensuring that young people have opportunities to go on to work, education or training and make the best start in adult life.

“Our schools across the Falkirk district are benefitting from this commitment from the Scottish Government and are making excellent progress in helping our young people have the best chances in life – and additional spending in the budget and the funding to close the attainment gap will go further still to helping more young people from across the district find positive destinations after leaving school.

“I’m delighted to see 95% of school leavers in the Falkirk district now going to positive destinations such as employment, training, university or college after leaving school. This shows the continued progress the Scottish Government is making to give young people across the Falkirk district the best start in life.”

7,686 MODERN APPRENTICESHIPS IN FALKIRK DISTRICT IN TEN YEARS

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SNP SECURING SKILS FOR THE FUTURE

The SNP has supported 7,686 Modern Apprenticeships in the Falkirk district in ten years of Government - with 37,000 young people currently going through an apprenticeship in Scotland.

Many areas in Scotland have experienced an increase in MA uptake of over 80% in the last 10 years – with 84% more MA starts in Falkirk district compared to 2007.

The SNP manifesto has committed to delivering 30,000 apprenticeships each year by 2020, up from 15,000 when we took office, targeting the additional places on higher level courses, including graduate-level apprenticeships.

National Apprenticeship Week will take place from 6 to 10 March.

Commenting, Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East MSP said:

“I am delighted that as we celebrate this year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week, the latest statistics show that the SNP Government has supported over 200,000 apprentices in 10 years.

“In the Falkirk district, we’ve seen huge growth in the number of apprenticeships since 2007 – increasing from 497 to 918 in 2015/16, and with 596 apprentices having started in the 2016/17 year so far.

“The SNP’s extra investment and focus over the last decade has transformed apprenticeships - building bridges with industry, filling skills gaps and enhancing productivity, while giving our young people the skills they need to be at the forefront of our economy and our jobs market. 

“We delivered on our manifesto target of reaching 25,000 Modern Apprenticeships each year back in 2011-12 and we have now raised that target to 30,000 per year by 2020.

“This Modern Apprenticeship Week I would encourage all businesses to think about how their business could benefit from taking on an apprentice.”

MSP CALLS FOR OPPOSITION TO SUPPORT POSITIVE INVESTMENT IN FALKIRK DISTRICT

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LABOUR SHOULD STOP ALIGNING WITH PARTY OF AUSTERITY

Falkirk East SNP MSP Angus MacDonald has challenged opposition parties to back the Scottish Government’s support for jobs, wages and public services in the Falkirk district, in Stage 3 of the budget debate this week.

Even under extreme budgetary pressure from Westminster – the Scottish Government’s budget will benefit Falkirk district with the continuation of electrification of the railways, as well as direct attainment funding for schools and additional resource funding for Falkirk Council.

Angus MacDonald MSP has condemned Labour and the Conservatives, including Alison Harris MSP, for choosing to oppose investment in communities throughout Falkirk district.

Commenting, SNP MSP Angus MacDonald said:

“Despite continuing Tory austerity, the Scottish Government’s budget will deliver above inflation investment in the NHS, which will allow NHS Forth Valley to deliver further improvements for patients.

“Falkirk district itself will benefit from a range of direct spending commitments, including from an additional £4.5 million funding for Falkirk Council, vital for services across the district.

“This comes on top of additional funding for health and social care partnerships and for schools, with £3,538,800 attainment cash going directly to primary and secondary schools right across the Falkirk district.

“Additionally - 70% of businesses in the Falkirk district will see either a reduction in their rates or no change at all after the revaluation.

“It’s time for the opposition to get behind this strong package of investment in Falkirk district.”

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