McMillan welcomes new NEET figures at all-time low

“This is good news for Inverclyde with a massive drop in numbers of young people not in employment, education or training”, said Stuart McMillan MSP.

Stuart McMillan MSP has welcomed new figures showing that the number of young people aged 16-19 not in employment, education or training (NEET) in Scotland is at an all-time low.

The official NEET figure for Inverclyde is 270 for 2014 down from the 2003 total of 660.  Scotland wide the figure is at 16,270 – down from the previous year’s figure of 19,970 and down from the 2003 total of 27,790.

This follows recent news which revealed that youth employment in Scotland is at a record high and the number of Modern Apprenticeships has increased by almost 60 per cent since 2007.

Welcoming these findings, Stuart McMillan MSP said:

“These latest NEET figures are very encouraging and highlight the fact that the action the SNP in Government is taking is helping young people into employment, education and training.

“This also corresponds with last week’s figures which showed youth employment in Scotland at a record high – despite the difficult economic circumstances and cuts imposed by the UK Tory Government.

“The SNP has taken action at every turn to ensure young people are able to fulfil their potential in education, work or training – and since coming to power the number of Modern Apprenticeships has increased by almost 60 per cent.

“With further powers over the economy, employment and social security the Scottish Parliament would be able to take further action to strengthen our economy to further enhance our world class universities, strengthen the valued further education sector and create more and better paid jobs for young people.”

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