Council's strategy success as more young people find employment or training

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Published Date: 

25 Jan 2013 - 16:42

Argyll and Bute Council’s strategy success as more young people find employment or training 

An Argyll and Bute council initiative to find ways to help school leavers is reaping rewards. Recently released statistics show that the number of young people in Argyll and Bute moving from school into employment, education or training is increasing despite the difficult economic conditions.

The latest School Leaver Destination Return (SLDR) figures for Argyll and Bute from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) for 2011/12 show an increase of 0.3% on 2010/11 to 90.1% which is above the national average. The Scottish Government will not publish the results of the initial return until June 2013 but SDS have agreed to share the results with local authorities prior to publication.

The council has been working in partnership with business people, community planning partners, education representatives, training providers, and elected members from council and government to help meet  the Scottish Government’s ‘Opportunities for All’ policy which makes a commitment to offering a place in learning or training for every 16-19 year old not currently in employment, education or training. The four key elements of the council’s local strategy for youth employment in Argyll and Bute include empowering people, supporting employers, simplifying the skills system and strengthening partnership and collective responsibility.

Lead Councillor for Education and Lifelong Learning Michael Breslin said

‘This year-on-year increase is very welcome, and is very encouraging for the council and its partners in our efforts to support our young people to develop the skills they need through training and employment. It is especially pleasing to see this improvement at a time of economic difficulty.’

SDS collates information about the destinations of school leavers from all of Scotland’s secondary school, but only leavers from publicly funded mainstream secondary schools are included in the SLDR, and the return is based on a follow up of young people who left school between the 1st August 2011 and the 31st July 2012.  The figures were collected during the month of September 2012, producing a snapshot of what recent school leavers were doing on Monday 15th October 2012.