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More young people in Clackmannanshire have moved onto positive destinations than ever before, reflecting the improving trend of the past few years. School leavers who are engaged in higher education, further education, training, voluntary work or employment are classed as having a ‘positive destination’.
Out of 32 Local Authorities in Scotland, Clackmannanshire Council was 3rd, with 96.5% of pupils entering a positive destination including work, training or further study within three months of leaving school last year, higher than the Scotland-wide figure of 93.3%, official statistics released by the Scottish Government show. These figures also show that the gap between those from the most and least deprived communities is narrowing and is the lowest since 2009-2010.
A total of 65% of young people in Clackmannanshire moved on to further or higher education, with this total showing an increase in further education. There was a 5% increase in pupils entering training, with a total of 11% taking this route.
In addition 17.6% of young people entered employment. The percentage of pupils who were unemployed and seeking employment was 2.4%, which was a decrease from 3.9% the year before.
Cllr Graham Lindsay, Spokesperson for Education said: “I am delighted with these figures, as they reflect the fact that so many of our young people are leaving school equipped with the necessary skills to move on with the next stage in their lives.
“That our young people are achieving so much in the face of the challenges they faced last year due to Covid-19, is a tribute to their resilience. This continuing trend of an increase in positive destinations for Clackmannanshire pupils is also a result of the on-going support they receive from their families, teachers and the partnerships that have been developed with organisations, to ensure that they have every chance to reach their full potential.”