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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-15883: Jamie Halcro Johnston (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

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:

Local Authority

Proportion of Schools offering Vocational Opportunities at Colleges

Aberdeen City

75%

Aberdeenshire

100%

Angus

100%

Argyll & Bute

40%

Clackmannanshire

100%

Dumfries & Galloway

75%

Dundee City

100%

East Ayrshire

89%

East Dunbartonshire

100%

East Lothian

100%

East Renfrewshire

100%

Edinburgh City

78%

Na h-Eileanan Siar

100%

Falkirk

100%

Fife

39%

Glasgow City

83%

Highland

69%

Inverclyde

100%

Midlothian

100%

Moray

88%

North Ayrshire

89%

North Lanarkshire

78%

Orkney Islands

20%

Perth & Kinross

90%

Renfrewshire

100%

Scottish Borders

89%

Shetland Islands

71%

South Ayrshire

100%

South Lanarkshire

59%

Stirling

100%

West Dunbartonshire

60%

West Lothian

100%

*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.