Council welcomes youth employment report

Councillor Yvonne McNeilly.

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Figures released this week show young people on a successful pathway to work in Argyll and Bute are above the national average.

Argyll and Bute Council has welcomed figures released this week by Skills Development Scotland which show that  94.2 per cent of young people, aged between 16 and 19, are currently in employment, education or training.

The national average is 91.8 per cent which places Argyll and Bute in the top eight of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas.

The Council’s policy lead for education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: ‘This report shows the great efforts that have been made to help our young people make positive progress and access appropriate pathways into work.

‘Together with our partners at Skills Development Scotland and the Job Centre, we have been working hard to promote enterprise and entrepreneurship, and to help our young people raise their ambitions so that they can develop and succeed.

‘The council has also developed its own award-winning modern apprenticeship scheme.

‘We are committed to ensuring that our young people are equipped to secure and sustain positive destinations and achieve success in life, and we want them to be fully aware of the opportunities that are out there.’