Herefordshire Council has the best success rate in the West Midlands and one of the best nationally, for helping 16 year olds leaving statutory schooling to go into further education, employment or training.
In data published by the Department for Education this month (26 March), figures for Herefordshire show that 96.3 percent of the county’s 1800 young people are recorded as being in education, employment training, which is three percent above the national average (93.2 percent) and four percent above the west midlands average of 92 percent.
Councillor Jeremy Millar, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “This is excellent news for both our young people and the economy. It is also a tribute to the collaborative work of our employers, schools, colleges, training providers and 16-19 teams.
“It’s a priority for the council to make sure all our young people have got the skills and qualifications they need, and to achieve that, they need to be in education or employment with learning.
“We are getting better at making sure all our young people make the most of the opportunities available and embark on a career path that is right for them. Mentors have been assigned to provide information, advice and guidance to16 year olds who we believe are particularly vulnerable. This has resulted in improvements as evident in the data published today.”