Herefordshire Council has received the current figures from the Department for Education on the numbers of 16 and 17 year olds in education and training.
The quarterly update shows the results for all councils across the country and the latest figures for Herefordshire, which are compared with the 13 other councils in the West Midlands, are very positive and demonstrates that the council is performing well for the county’s young people.
The figures show that the proportion of Herefordshire 16 to 17 year olds who were recorded as being in full time education and training in March 2015 was 84.2% of 3,610 known individuals. This places Herefordshire third in the West Midlands behind Warwickshire and Coventry.
In terms of apprenticeships (3.6%) and work based learning (1.5%), the figures show that the county is performing mid-table for the West Midlands region although this is an area the council is focusing resources towards to improve further.
In regards to the current known activity of 16 to 17 year olds between March 2014 and March 2015, the council was highly ranked for knowing what its young people are doing in terms of education and training and was actually top in the West Midlands in March 2015.
Herefordshire Council currently knows of 3,610 16 to 17 year olds across the county who are in education and training, which equates to 1,820 16 year olds and 1,790 17 year olds. The county also has 130 16 to 17 year olds with special educational needs, of which a positive 85.7% are recorded as participating in education or training.
Councillor Jonathan Lester, Cabinet member for young people and children’s wellbeing, said: “We welcome the latest figures from the Department for Education, which clearly demonstrate that all our hard work over the past few years to ensure we know where our young people are and how many are participating in education and training is paying dividends.
“The positive figures are not only good news for the council, but also for the county’s young people, the economy and for children’s safeguarding.”
To find out more about the figures, please visit the government’s participation in education and training: local authority figures webpage.