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More teenagers in positive destinations

Published Wednesday, 13 September 2017

A national study has highlighted a welcome improvement in life opportunities for teenagers in South Lanarkshire.

The Scotland-wide report into 16-19 year-olds shows that the number in South Lanarkshire who are in “positive destinations” – working, training or in education – has risen in 2017 and is above the national average.

According to the 2016/17 figures published by Skills Development Scotland, 91.2% of the 14,040 16-19 year olds in the area are in education, employment or training, up 0.8% on the previous year. The report also showed the number of unemployed local teens had fallen.

Councillor Katy Loudon, the council’s Chair of Education, said: “These figures make for positive reading, showing the vast majority of our young people are achieving positive destinations as they reach school leaving age.

“The rise in the percentage of our 16-19 year olds in education, employment or training to above 91% can only be described as good news.

“And the significant fall in the unemployment level among that age group has to be welcomed. But we must continue to strive through schools, and the support that is available after the school years, to ensure all our young people can look forward to achieving a positive destination as they set out into adult life.”

The 2017 Annual Participation Measure Report shows 3.3% of individuals in the age group were unemployed, a fall of 1.1% on the previous figure of 4.4% and lower than the national  average of 3.7%.

A further breakdown of the figures shows 71.7% of 16-19 year olds in South Lanarkshire were in formal education (including school, higher and further education), 17.3% in employment (full time/part time/self employed and Modern Apprenticeships, and 2.2% in training.