Young people in Argyll and Bute leave school amongst the best placed in Scotland to build the lives they want. That’s something we’re proud of and a lot of investment goes into their future.

Our schools and staff are award winning. New state-of-the-art secondary schools have been built in Campbeltown and Oban, and a new primary in Kirn, Dunoon. Many of our village primary schools offer smaller than normal class sizes. You can read about what’s happening in our schools or find the schools in your area on the council’s website.

You don’t have to leave the area to continue your education. Argyll College UHI is part of a network of colleges across Scotland which make up the University of the Highlands and Islands. Argyll College has various education centres in Helensburgh, Oban, Lochgilphead, Dunoon, Tobermory, Rothesay, Campbeltown and Islay.

Current course provision closely aligns with the skillsets needed by local employers, and is flexible to meet the needs of any incoming and new employers to the area.

Oban is our university town with over 800 students and a number of Higher Education campuses, including the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), Ballet West, and Argyll College UHI. SAMS, like the college, is a partner of the University of the Highlands and Islands.

More and more young people are opting for Modern Apprenticeships, which allow them to earn while they learn. Argyll and Bute Council is committed to its Modern Apprenticeship programme. 

Positive destinations

Argyll and Bute Council has been ranked as the sixth top local authority in Scotland for the number of young people who are moving on to positive destinations when they leave school.

The latest figures, published by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), show that 94.8% of 16 to 19 year olds in Argyll and Bute are in employment, education or training - up 0.6% from 2018 and 3.2% higher than the national rate for the fourth year running.

The council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, said: “It’s clear from these statistics that we have many determined young people in Argyll and Bute who are working hard to achieve success in life.

“Together with a range of partners we promote enterprise and entrepreneurship to help our young people raise their ambitions. We also run our own award-winning modern apprenticeship scheme.

“We are committed to ensuring that our young people are equipped to secure and sustain positive destinations and that they are able to access appropriate pathways into work.

“We are clear that we do all we can to make them aware of the wide range of opportunities that are available. The report indicates that we are doing this well and that young people leave Argyll and Bute’s education service better equipped to build their lives than most other areas in Scotland. Well done everyone.”

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