More than nine out of every 10 school leavers in South Lanarkshire is now setting out in a positive direction.

Says Christina McKelvie MSP, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse: “Since this Scottish Government came to power in 2007, we have continually stressed the critical importance of building and developing the skills our economy most needs. We have also uncompromisingly stuck to our promise that a university place is based on ability to learn, not ability to pay.

“In less than 10 years, the number of young people in South Lanarkshire making good career choices has increased from 88.7 per cent to 93 per cent. That’s a major success story, a win-win situation.”

The figures released by Skills Development Scotland for South Lanarkshire reveal:

  •        3,382 school leavers aged between 16 and 19
  •     42.3% into higher education
  •     24,5% into further education
  •     20.0% into employment
  •       4.7% into training

South Lanarkshire has a significantly higher percentage of young people going on to higher or further education. The Scottish average for each group is 38.3 and 24.5 per cent. In South Lanarkshire, the percentages are 42.3 and 27.8.

“It is great to see that factors like the major school improvement programme, retention of teacher numbers and smaller class sizes are contributing to the preparedness of our young people for the world of work,” said Christina.