Increase in positive leaver destinations for Super College students

Commenting on today’s (Tuesday 9 October) publication of the Scottish Funding Council’s College Leaver Destinations 2016-17, City of Glasgow College Principal & CEO, Paul Little, said:

“As the largest college in Scotland, this is very encouraging news. Continuous improvement is built in to our curriculum delivery and to see our Super College increase on confirmed student destinations from 96.5% to 97.3% is impressive.

"Importantly the report identifies that 91.2% of our students went into positive destinations during 2016-17, including almost 73% progressing on to further study and 25% of our graduates entering employment. That can only be good for the sector and the wider economy. 

“Given our determined effort to encourage our students directly into employment, and our direct links with industry, it is always good to have independent evidence that we are having an on-going positive effect.”  

The Scottish Funding Council’s latest publication featuring College Leaver Destinations measurements is the third for Scotland’s Colleges and reports on the destinations of successful full-time students leaving college three to six months after qualifying.

Colleges Scotland Chief Executive Shona Struthers, added:

“Going to college is a first choice for many and this report demonstrates that colleges are a valued route into a career as around half of all college leavers move directly into employment with colleges continuing to work closely with employers to provide students with work-ready skills, industry experience and the necessary qualifications to enter the workforce.

“Overall, the report shows that outcomes are heading in the right direction and colleges are continuing to provide opportunities for people of all ages across the country who want to learn, gain qualifications and pursue a career.”

The Leavers Destinations publication supports the Scottish Funding Council’s work with colleges on outcome-based planning through Outcome Agreements and the Scottish Government’s skills strategy, Skills for Scotland and Developing the Young Workforce – Scotland’s Youth Employment strategy, by providing key measurements for progression to further study and employment for all age groups. An executive summary can be found here.