8 February 2013
A record 89.9 per cent of school leavers in Scotland are going
into work, training or education upon leaving school.
The figures collected from schools and local authorities and
published by Skills Development Scotland show:
Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance added: "It is
fantastic that we have achieved an historic high in the number of
school leavers going into work, education or training.
"Today's figures show a record 89.9 per cent of our young people
are rightly securing opportunities after school. However one young
person not in training or employment is one too many.
"That's why we are investing heavily, more than £80 million, in
our young people, their potential and talent, to improve their life
chances and help boost Scotland's economy. We have given every 16
to 19 year old the unique promise of a place in education or
training as part our Opportunities for All scheme.
"The most recent youth employment figures showed that Scotland
has the highest employment, lowest unemployment and lowest economic
inactivity for young people in the UK. With full fiscal powers and
independence we could do even more to emulate the labour markets of
the best performing European countries."
Source: Scottish Government Press Release