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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Cumbria is leading the way in education

CUMBRIA is exceeding the regional and national average for the number of its 16 and 17-year-olds in education and training, recent figures have revealed.

Data released by the Department for Education shows that of the total of 11,180 young people in this age bracket in Cumbria, 92.3 per cent are participating in education and training compared to 89.8 per cent in England and 90.9 per cent in the North West.

Particularly significant is the 95.9 per cent of 16 year olds who meet the new duty to participate.

Under the Education and Skills Act (2011) local authorities are now measured and monitored for the levels of participation by young people in education and training.

The data, recorded in December 2013, is a significant 3.8 per cent improvement on the same month in 2012. The majority of 16 and 17-year-olds are following further education college programmes, apprenticeships or courses in school sixth forms.

Cumbria is also leading the way nationally in the number of young people taking up apprenticeships. At 8.4 per cent of the cohort, this is the highest of any local authority area and reflects the range and quality of apprenticeship training being delivered across the county. The England average is just 3.6 per cent and 4.5 per cent for the North West.

Councillor Anne Burns, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for Children’s Services, said: “These latest figures are excellent news and testament to the great job being done by a range of organisations in Cumbria.

“While we’re very pleased with the results, we can’t afford to be complacent if we want to continue this strong performance, so the council and Inspira are working hard and in close partnership with a range of pre and post 16 learning providers, employers and Third Sector organisations to secure further increases.”

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