RECORD NUMBER OF SCHOOL LEAVERS IN FALKIRK GOING INTO WORK, TRAINING OR STUDY

92.7% of young people leaving school in the Falkirk area are going on to positive destinations of work, training or study, new figures show – as the number of school leavers in positive destinations across Scotland reaches a record high.

50.3% of school leavers in Falkirk in 2014/15 went on to higher or further education, while 33.2% found work. The combined number of young people going on to positive destinations in Falkirk is at a record high – and a significant increase from the 83.2% in 2009/10.

The number of young people in positive destinations in Falkirk was higher than the national average.

Commenting, Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson said:
“It’s excellent news that 92.7% of young people in Falkirk are going on to a positive destination after leaving school, with most continuing in education or training.

“With record numbers of young people across Scotland in positive destinations, young people in Falkirk have exceeded the national average and there has been year on year improvement.

“While these figures are hugely encouraging, there is more to do. The Scottish Government has put improving attainment at schools at the heart of their plans for government and closing the attainment gap between young people from our most and least deprived areas is our priority over the next five years.”