Figures released yesterday (Tuesday 7 March) by the Scottish Government reveal that almost 93% of Fife’s pupils – the highest number ever recorded –  are going on to ‘positive destinations’ when they finish their secondary school education.


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The School Leaver Destination Return carried out by Skills Development Scotland looked at the next steps for the 3,712 young people in Fife who left school in 2015/16.


92.7% of young people in Fife went on to a ‘positive destination’ – employment, training or education.


This is 3% more than three years ago, meaning that 120 more school leavers achieved a positive destination than in 2012/13.


  • 4% more young people went into work
  • almost 4% more progressed into Higher Education
  • 3.2% fewer school leavers became unemployed – 250 young people compared to 370 in 2012/13.


Fife Council’s Depute Leader and Spokesperson for Economy and Planning, Councillor Lesley Laird, said:  “The latest School Leaver Destination figures represent progress and show our maturing Fife Community Planning Partnership.  We also know there is still much work to be done, and we’re all up for the challenge.  We also take encouragement from the improvements over the last few years.  A great deal of work goes into ensuring that progression routes are planned for young people, and parents and carers roles are key to making it work.


“Increasingly, planning also involves employers, as well as our partners in Further and Higher Education – because it does take everyone to play their part in supporting Fife’s young people.


“Particularly pleasing is the fact that significantly fewer young people are unemployed on leaving school than was the case previously, but we are not complacent and invite more employers to come and work with us so that the outcomes get even better for our young people.”



Fife Council’s Education Convener, Councillor Bryan Poole, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to praise all of those involved in achieving this improvement and also to highlight a number of planned developments which will further improve future performance. These are captured in the Fife Partnership Developing the Young Workforce Strategy (DYW), which has four key strands:

  • To enable a Culture of Enterprise in all classrooms in Fife Primary Schools.
  • To enable programmes of work related learning for the senior phase of education, which provide structured opportunities for young people to work with employers.
  • To enable structured early intervention activities for those most at risk of labour market marginalisation.
  • To map work on business engagement with schools to enable more transparent information to be available for pupils, parents, businesses and key partners.”


For more information on how to get involved in the work of Developing the Young Workforce in Fife visit the Opportunities Fife website.


Article posted – 8 March 2017

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