Minister Urges School Leavers to Choose College

A Scottish Government Minister today urged tens of thousands of school leavers to consider colleges as a first-choice destination.

Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Higher Education and Further Education, Youth Employment and Training, made the call as tens of thousands of Scottish pupils this week received the results of their SQA exams.

Mr Hepburn said: “Scotland’s colleges offer incredible opportunities for young people looking to acquire the new skills needed for today’s workforce.  Other students might be looking to improve their results and then move on to a higher level of study in college or onto university.  Colleges across the country also offer outstanding training for increasing numbers of apprentices.

“With exam results out today, Scotland’s colleges provide world-class learning for everyone and I hope every school leaver considers them as a first-choice destination.”

Jackie Galbraith, Principal of West Lothian College, added: “I would like to congratulate everyone who has achieved qualifications in another year disrupted by the pandemic. I look forward to welcoming the hundreds of school leavers who will start at West Lothian College later this month.

“This can be both an exciting and daunting period for young people, and the college is here to advise any young person who is not clear about their next steps after leaving school.”