Success for School Leavers


37% of pupils who left school in 2011/12 in Eilean Siar went on to Higher Education with 21% going on to Further Education according figures published by Skills Development Scotland.

There were 310 school leavers in 2011/12 in the Western Isles, with 90 (29%) of them going on to employment and 14 (4.5%) classed as unemployed seeking employment.

In Scotland as a whole a record 89.9 per cent of school leavers are going into work, training or education upon leaving school.

Commenting on the figures collected from schools and local authorities Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance said: “It is fantastic that we have achieved an historic high in the number of school leavers going into work, education or training.

“The figures show a record 89.9 per cent of our young people are rightly securing opportunities after school. However one young person not in training or employment is one too many.

“That’s why we are investing heavily, more than £80 million, in our young people, their potential and talent, to improve their life chances and help boost Scotland’s economy. We have given every 16 to 19 year old the unique promise of a place in education or training as part our Opportunities for All scheme.

”The most recent youth employment figures showed that Scotland has the highest employment, lowest unemployment and lowest economic inactivity for young people in the UK. With full fiscal powers and independence we could do even more to emulate the labour markets of the best performing European countries.”