Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has come out top of the total participation cohort for 16-19 year olds in the 2018 Annual Participation Measure Report released by Skills Development Scotland (SDS).
The Annual Participation Measure Report is used to inform policy, planning and service delivery, and to assess progress in the delivery of Opportunities for All, the Scottish Government’s commitment to offer a place in learning or training to every 16 to 19-year-old in Scotland not in employment, education or training. The annual methodology takes account of all statuses of 16-19 year olds in Scotland over one calendar year.
The statistics are produced using data collected by SDS and a range of partners which is shared through the 16+ Data Hub.
For the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar area, the 2018 publication shows an increase in participation rates amongst young people aged 16 to 19 with the proportion of young people in education, training or employment increasing to 97.6% (compared to 91.8% nationally), 0.7 percentage points up on the 2017 figure, and 1.4 pp on the 2016 figure.
The highest participation rate was amongst 16-year-olds (98.8%), with the participation rate increasing most amongst 19-year-olds, up by 4 pp on 2017.
Cllr Angus McCormack, Chairman of the Comhairle’s Education, Sport and Children’s Services Committee, said: “This is very welcome and encouraging news. We remain committed to working with the Scottish Government and partner agencies in order to equip our young people with the necessary skills and education to benefit them for their working lives.”