College of FE welcomed highest number of school leavers in 2012

A RECORD number of 16-year-olds stayed in full-time education in 2012, school leaver figures have shown.

College of Further Education students Aubrey Bound, Travis Mechem, both 16, and Levi Chatterton, 17. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 1295587)
College of Further Education students Aubrey Bound, Travis Mechem, both 16, and Levi Chatterton, 17. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 1295587)

A RECORD number of 16-year-olds stayed in full-time education in 2012, school leaver figures have shown.

Out of a year group of 692, the number choosing to stay in school or go into work-based training and apprenticeships rose from 86% last year to 90%, with 2% going into employment and 4% classed as not in education, employment or training (NEET). The remaining 4% have left the island.

Lifelong learning manager Alun Williams said the figures were positive.

‘We’ve spent a lot of time in schools making it clear that if people are looking to improve their opportunities for employment then in the long term staying in education gives a distinct advantage – it’s a message we’ve been trying to get across for many years,’ he said.

Comments for: "College of FE welcomed highest number of school leavers in 2012"

SaintsBay

It is wonderful that youngsters are continuing their employment but it is also an indication that there are no jobs to go to.

My own daughter opted to co to CoFE but left as soon as a career oportunity became available.

A record number of 16 year olds staying in education could also be read as a record of 16 year olds being unable to find employment.

The key indicator is how many students leaving CoFE (with enhanced qualifications)are successful in gaining employment where the skills learnt are being deployed.

Just saying

Exactly. I am aware of several youngsters who went on to do 'A' Levels and the Sixth Form Centre in a range of subjects and are now working in Marks & Spencer, Waistrose etc. and even some are unemployed. Currently they are looking for work, any work, but as they lack experience are not able to even get an interview.

There is a serious employment issue on the island and this needs investigating urgently.

TED

The news last night featured a class of beauty technicians who are studying at the college of further education, how many jobs can there possibly be on Guernsey in this field. It is commendable to have courses on island but they need to be run in more useful subjects.

SaintsBay

As I have said on other threads the real unemployment numbers are far greater than the published because those are just indications of persons signing on.

Many Deputies that I have spoken with hide behind the published stats because to do otherwise is "scaremongering"

It is like the chap on the Titanic shouting "Iceberg !!" only to be told that he is scaremongering.

Growing is dead, tourism is dead, LVCR is dead, retail is dead and finance is dying.

WAKE UP !!!

ps

Civil Sevice is doing alright so thats ok then.