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Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley School Leavers Heading for Positive Destinations

Published date : 08 Mar 2017

CARRICK, CUMNOCK AND DOON VALLEY SCHOOL LEAVERS HEADING FOR POSITIVE DESTINATIONS

LATEST STATS SHOW CONTINUED PROGRESS ON PROSPECTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Latest figures released by the Scottish Government have shown that school leavers across Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley are going on to positive destinations in greater numbers than previously.

The four years since 2011/12 have seen a 2.4% increase in the number of school leavers in East Ayrshire going on to further or higher education, training or employment, taking the overall percentage to 91.8 in 2015/16. For South Ayrshire the increase is 5.5% to get a total of 94.2% of young people leaving school for a positive destination. In East Ayrshire 36% of leavers went into higher education, whilst 15% went into employment in 2015-16. In South Ayrshire 46% of leavers went in to higher education and 18% went in to employment in 2015-16

The SNP Government has made education its number one priority in this parliament, committing to further improvement to  education standards in our schools and giving our young people the best opportunities in life.

Commenting, SNP MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Jeane Freeman said:

“Our schools and our young people  across Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley are benefitting from this commitment from the Scottish Government and are making excellent progress in helping our young people have the best chances in life – and additional spending in the budget and the funding to close the attainment gap will go further still to helping more young people from Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley find positive destinations after leaving school.

“I’m delighted to see 91.8% of school leavers in East Ayrshire and 94.3% of school leavers in South Ayrshire now going to positive destinations such as employment, training, university or college after leaving school. This shows the continued progress the Scottish Government is making to give young people across Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley the best start in life.”

ENDS

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