ANGUS MACDONALD WELCOMES RISE IN NUMBER OF POSITIVE DESTINATION FOR SCHOOL LEAVERS FROM FALKIRK DISTRICT
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 12:56
New figures showing more school leavers in Scotland are moving to positive destinations than ever have been welcomed by the SNP today.
In Falkirk District there has been increase in the percentage of school leavers going on to positive destinations from 81.1 per cent in 2012-13 to 82.4 per cent in 2013-14.
This reflects the national released today showing that 92.3 per cent of leavers entered a positive destination, such as employment, training or education, in 2013/14, a rise of 0.9 percentage points on the previous year.
Skills Development Scotland’s report also shows a drop in the percentage of leavers reported as unemployed and seeking employment or training has fallen to its lowest level in 10 years to 6.3 per cent, down from 7.1 per cent in 2012/13.
Angus MacDonald MSP said:
“These encouraging figures show that more young people are being given the opportunities they need to fulfil their potential.
“The steady increase in young people moving to positive destinations from schools in Falkirk District proves SNP Government measures are having an encouraging effect.
“With the Scottish Government on track to deliver the 25,000 target of Modern Apprenticeship (MA) places for another year, school leavers continue to have access to the highly regarded apprenticeship scheme.
“And our commitment to keeping higher education tuition-fee free is ensuring that school leavers who want to go to university can do so based on the ability to learn – not the ability to pay.
“But with fees south of the border reaching £9,000 a year and the opposition parties refusing to rule out their reintroduction, free education is a principle that is only guaranteed with the SNP.
“I am proud of the SNP’s record on education throughout our time in government – and we will continue to making sure that nothing is beyond the reach of Scotland’s young people.
“While today’s improvement is very welcome news for Scotland’s young women and men there is absolutely no room for complacency. It is vital that we continue to do everything we can to support those who need help to find work or training in Scotland.”