Young Scots making positive moves

2
518


More young people are going to college or university, into training or onto employment after leaving school new figures show today.

A follow up survey carried out in March of the estimated 53,000 young people who left school in 2008/09 has found that 57.5 per cent went into further or higher education, almost 23 per cent went into employment and 4.4 per cent into training. Overall, 85.1 per cent, an increase from 84 per cent the previous year, of young people found a positive destination leaving school despite the economic climate.


More young people are going to college or university, into training or onto employment after leaving school new figures show today.

A follow up survey carried out in March of the estimated 53,000 young people who left school in 2008/09 has found that 57.5 per cent went into further or higher education, almost 23 per cent went into employment and 4.4 per cent into training. Overall, 85.1 per cent, an increase from 84 per cent the previous year, of young people found a positive destination leaving school despite the economic climate.

Speaking at the Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh where he met young people currently on sports management apprenticeships with Scottish Rugby, Skills Minister Keith Brown said:

“It is extremely encouraging to see that the support we are providing young people is helping them to find positive destinations that are right for them whether that is university, college, a job or modern apprenticeship.

“Recession hits young people hard and these figures show that record levels of pupils are staying at school or going straight into college or university. The full effect of the economic climate will be even clearer this summer as the same record levels of pupils and students leave school or college.

“But we have been quick to act and prepare, which is why earlier this month I announced Step Forward Scotland, a £6.5 million package of measures to help young people find work or training opportunities. This includes a new national helpline for employers to find quick and easy support to employ, train or provide work experience for a young person.

“Speaking to second year SVQ community coaches Jack Forrester of Lasswade rugby club and James Bird of Dunfermline it is clear that the benefit of supported training and MAs is twofold. Businesses, such as Scottish Rugby, add new talent to their workforce while young people get an opportunity to launch a successful and sustainable career.

“I have met many young people like Jack and James, who are thriving in their training and careers, and I hope to meet many more in the near future through Step Forward Scotland.”

Colin Thomson, Scottish Rugby Head of Community Rugby, said: “SVQs are a vital arm of Scottish Rugby’s development network and provide more rugby playing opportunities to a rapidly increasing number of young people and adults.

“The programme promotes exceptionally high standards of achievement which have been adopted and exemplified by the graduates who have been honoured in the last eight years.”