The SNP has welcomed new statistics showing 89.3 per cent of leavers from higher education courses at Scottish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) were in employment or further study six months after completing their course.
The publication, which is an update of the Early Destinations of Students Qualifying from Scottish Higher Education Institutions 2010-11 publication, also showed:
• 65% of leavers from higher education courses at Scottish HEIs were in UK employment 6 months after completing their course. A further 5.4% were employed overseas, with 19.0% engaged in further study or training.
• 75.1% of leavers in UK employment were employed in Managerial and Professional occupations
• 76.4% of leavers in UK or overseas employment were employed in Scotland.
Commenting, SNP MSP George Adam, who is a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Education committee, said:
“These are very positive statistics that show a fantastic number of students were in employment or further training six months after completing their course.
“With a high of almost 90% of Scotland’s young people securing opportunities after completing their course, we must build on this progress to ensure all of our students get the best opportunities possible.
“These figures show the SNP Government’s determination to widen access to universities and protect free tuition for students from Scotland is paying off. Record numbers of Scots are choosing to access higher education in Scotland because of the lifelong opportunities that come with it.
“The SNP firmly believe that allowing people into higher education based on the ability to learn, not the ability to pay is the right way forward for our students, our universities and Scotland’s wider economy.
“Free university education ensures our young people are still able to access opportunities for education and that Scotland will continue to have the supply of skilled graduates that is vital for economic recovery.
“With the measures to widen access to university having passed through parliament in the teeth of Labour opposition, I am confident we will see even wider access to Scotland’s universities in the years ahead.”