Date lodged: 12 April 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the comment in its paper, Developing the Young Workforce, that "in year four [2017-18], colleges, secondary schools and local authorities will be working more effectively in partnership…with all colleges offering vocational options to the majority of secondary schools in their region", whether it will confirm what proportion of (a) colleges offer and (b) schools are in receipt of these options, broken down by local authority.
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 4 May 2018
According to Scottish Funding Council (SFC) figures, there has been an increase of around 30% in the number of senior phase enrolments on vocational courses since DYW was introduced.
All colleges (with the exception of specialist colleges Newbattle Abbey College and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig) now offer SPVP enrolments.
Education Scotland are working with individual schools and colleges to review variability and to ensure the right breadth of opportunities are available in all schools.
The following table lists the proportion of secondary schools, broken down by Local Authority, offering vocational options in college:
Proportion of Schools offering Vocational Opportunities at Colleges
Argyll & Bute
Dumfries & Galloway
Na h-Eileanan Siar
Perth & Kinross
*Data source: SFC 2015-16 data
**Figures reflect the proportion of Scottish Government funded public schools offering vocational opportunities at colleges
***There are other vocational opportunities available at schools that are not delivered by colleges.