More young people leaving school to go to university, but fewer to find work, figures show
The number of teens finding work after school has hit its lowest level in a decade following the Covid-19 pandemic, new figures show.
Scottish government statistics have shown that more than twice as many young people in less deprived areas go to university after school, compared to those in poorer parts of the country.
Overall, 92.2% of those who left school in 2019-2020 were in what was classified as a ‘positive follow-up destination’ – such as college, university, training, or employment – in April 2021.
This is a slight decrease from the 92.9% of dropouts who achieved this goal the previous year.
University was the most common choice for those leaving school in 2019-2020, with 42.9% finishing in tertiary education – higher than the 38.4% in the previous year – and accounting for the highest share. largest since the start of consistent registrations in 2009-10.
Figures showed that in the most disadvantaged areas of Scotland, just over a quarter (27%) of pupils who left school in the last year went on to university, compared to almost two-thirds ( 62.6%) in the richest communities.
In poorer parts of Scotland, university was the most common destination, with 31.5% of leavers heading to higher education, while 20.5% went to work, but one in 10 ( 10.8%) was unemployed.
This compares with only 3.6% of leavers from less disadvantaged areas being out of work by April 2021.
A total of 47,351 teens completed their studies in 2019-2020, the smallest number since the start of consistent records in 2009-2010.