Argyll and Bute moves into 5th place in national table

Published Date: 

8 Sep 2022 - 10:35

New figures published by Skills Development Scotland show that 93.9% of young people in Argyll and Bute are currently in education, employment or training, putting the area in 5th place out of all 32 Scottish local authorities.

The Annual Participation Measure reports on the economic and employment activity of 16-19 year olds in Scotland and is the source of the Scottish Government’s National Performance indicator.

This year’s figures show a 0.4% rise in Argyll and Bute compared with 2021 and a jump from 10th to 5th in the national table.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, said: “This year’s report makes for very positive reading, and is evidence of recovery and renewal after Covid-19.

“The statistics in Argyll and Bute are, once again, higher than the national average by 1.5%. These figures are the result of the commitment shown by our young people, the support of their families and the hard work put in by all staff across the education service and its partners to help our young people progress to positive destinations when they leave school – something that remains a firm commitment of the education service.

“I am continually impressed by the success of our people, and what they continue to achieve, and have no doubt we will see these percentages further rise over the next 12 months.”