School Leavers Across Renfrewshire Heading For Work Or Study

Derek MacKay MSP, George Adam MSP, Gavin Newlands MP

More Young People Setting Up For Success After School


School leavers in Renfrewshire continue to go on to positive destinations after finishing secondary school – with the latest figures showing 92.8% of youngsters in Renfrewshire going into further or higher education, employment or training three months after leaving school.


The total across Scotland has risen from 93.3% last year to 93.7% this year – showing that even more young people are finding fulfilling opportunities after leaving school.


In Renfrewshire, the percentage of people going on to positive destinations has gone from 92.2% last year to 92.8% this year – and increased from 88.1% since 2011/12.


Of those in positive destinations, 45% are at University and 23% are at college, while 21% are in employment and 3% are in training.


Commenting on the latest stats, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:


“The Scottish Government continues to make education its priority this parliament – and these figures reflect just how important SNP action on education is for our young people.


“Being able to go on to a positive destination after leaving school – whether that is college, university, work or training – is a great boost for young people across Renfrewshire, improving their self-confidence and setting them up to make positive contributions to our communities as adults.


“That more young people across Renfrewshire are going on to positive destinations this year than previously – up from 88.1% to 92.8% over the last six years – is fantastic news for our local community.


“Our young people need fulfilling work, study or training after leaving school to help ensure they don’t get left behind – and these positive figures for Renfrewshire and across Scotland show that they are benefitting from exactly that.”






Council Tax Exemption to Benefit Students

George AdamPaisley’s MSP George Adam has welcomed the news that up to 4000 students will save hundreds of pounds through council tax exemptions. Students moving from Higher National courses into degree-level study could benefit following their exemption from council tax under new legislation.

The move takes effect from 2014/15 and is part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to widen access to education and remove potential barriers to participation. Previously, these students have been liable for council tax between courses, a potential bill of hundreds of pounds depending on their council tax band.

It is estimated that between 3,000 to 4,000 articulating students could benefit annually from the move.

Commenting, George said:

“The Scottish Government is committed to education being based on the ability to learn, not the ability to pay. Our students are already offered the most generous support package in the UK, with increased access for students from low income families now part of the fabric of university admissions in Scotland. Our own UWS has a great track record of widening access and this support will help them to go further.

“This move now means that students progressing from an HNC or HND to a degree level course will now be exempt from council tax. It will free up vital funds for thousands of our hard-pressed students in Paisley and around the country and allow them to concentrate on making the most of their time while in further and higher education.”