More college students going into employment
9 October 2018, 15:16 | Updated: 9 October 2018, 15:18
The number of college leavers finding work or going on to further study has increased slightly, according to new figures.
The latest College Leaver Destinations report found that of the 50,298 students who qualified in 2016/17, 88.9% had confirmed destinations - up from 87.2% the previous year.
A total of 95% moved onto so-called positive destinations including employment, training or education - up from 94.9%.
Among all college leavers, the majority went on to employment (47.1%), followed closely by those who enrolled to study at university (41.2%).
The number of those unemployed or unavailable to work due to travel or other responsibilities also dropped from 12.4% to 11.7%.
For those students who remained in education at college or university, 86.3% progressed to a higher level of study.
Further Education Minister Richard Lochhead said: "It's clear from these statistics that we have a high performing college sector which is delivering the skills employers are looking for as well as providing a valuable alternative route into higher education."
Colleges Scotland's chief executive, Shona Struthers, added: "Going to college is a first choice for many and this report demonstrates that colleges are a valued route into a career as around half of all college leavers move directly into employment with colleges continuing to work closely with employers to provide students with work-ready skills, industry experience and the necessary qualifications to enter the workforce.
"For those students choosing further study or training, 82% are progressing to a higher level of study, proving that colleges are helping people move positively on their journeys."