Published on 18th July 2012
The number of young people in Sandwell continuing in education and training is higher than ever.
And figures show the number taking part ln in post-16 schemes is continuing to remain above national rates.
Cabinet member for children and families Councillor Bob Badham said he was delighted that more youngsters were staying in education and training.
He said it was difficult for school leavers to get employment and the more training and skills they obtained would only help them get on the jobs ladder.
He added:This confirms that all of the additional work and support by local schools in recent years is helping.
"More young people are now staying on in education and training and by doing that they are increasing their future employment prospects."
The figures have been issued by the Department of Education.
In December 2010, 91 per cent of young people aged 17 in Sandwell took part in further education, school sixth forms, apprenticeships and part-time learning.
This was an increase from 87 per cent the previous year. The national take up rate over that period went up from 85 per cent to 87 per cent.