News that record numbers of school leavers are going on to positive areas of training and employment have been welcomed by Paisley’s MSP George Adam. The proportion of school leavers who left school during or at the end of the 2010/11 academic year who had stayed in positive destinations by March 2013 reached 89.5%, the highest percentage on record. This figure compares to a rate of 87.2% last year and means that more young people have stayed in education, training or employment after leaving school than ever before.
George, a member of the Education and Culture Committee said:
‘These figures are hugely encouraging. Scotland now has one of the lowest rates of unemployment for young people in Europe, proving that the government’s aims have been successful. I remember the days of the last big recession under Margaret Thatcher where young people were not even considered, leaving them without jobs or the prospect of jobs in the future to develop the economy. They were considered collateral damage.
‘This proves that Scotland will not go down that same road – leaving a generation on the dole with difficulty in accessing or adapting to work. This is the right and moral way to treat our young people – a positive outlook with the right pathways for training and employment in a nation where no one will be left behind.’