Recently published data shows that school leavers in Clackmannanshire have once again achieved higher than the national figure for young people entering a positive destination.
School leavers who are engaged in higher education, further education, training, voluntary work or employment are classed as having a ‘positive destination’ and the data published is based on Skills Development Scotland Opportunities for All shared dataset, matched with pupil census records for the school year 2021/2022.
Statistics released by the Scottish Government show that 96.5% of all young people in Clackmannanshire entered a positive destination including work, training or further study within three months of leaving school in 2022. This is higher than the Scotland-wide figure of 95.7% and the highest of our neighbouring local authorities across Forth Valley.
A total of 56.9% of young people in Clackmannanshire moved on to further or higher education, a fall on last year’s figure of 66.8% which reflects the fall nationally. 33% of our young people entered employment, which is an increase on last year’s 28% and is higher than the Scottish rate of 25%. The percentage of pupils who were unemployed and seeking employment was 2.4%, a slight fall on the previous year and similar to the Scottish rate.
Councillor Graham Lindsay, Spokesperson for Education said: “It is excellent to hear our young people are prospering as school leavers and to thrive in a post-pandemic landscape is an admirable achievement that they should be extremely proud of. The success reported by the Scottish Government clearly demonstrates the resilience and determination of our young people and I hope they continue to see success following their school-leaver destinations.”