Full Time Learners Aged 16-18 Years - Destinations (2015-16 Year-End)
2016-17 year-end data will be published in November 2017.
We gather information on the destination of our completing learners each year via a phone survey conducted a few months after completion of their programme of study. The above charts show the headline destination data for all learners aged 16-18 years completing their studies in 2015-16, followed by an analysis by level.
Overall the survey reported that 2,799 (95%) completing learners progressed to a positive destination, Higher Education (university), education, training or employment. A positive progression rate is seen at all levels: level 1 97.7%, level 2 93.4%, level 3 94.5%. This continues a three year trend of positive outcomes for our learners.
From level 3, 568 learners (42.7%) progressed directly into Higher Education and 328 (24.6%) progressed into employment. At lower levels, the bulk of learners continued in education. This is due to many learners arriving at college with less than five GCSEs at grade C or above who followed preparatory qualifications as a stepping stone to level 3 and beyond.
Destinations by diversity type
An analysis of destinations by diversity type shows that the overall positive destination rate is broadly the same for all groups.
Impact on Regional Skills and the Regional Economy
STEM in the curriculum - trend analysis
The local economy relies on a workforce with high level skills in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and especially in mathematics). The chart shows the percentage of qualifications completed by learners aged 16-18 years that were in STEM related subjects. In 2015-16, 1,928 (50%) of our young people followed STEM programmes of study. This represents a good percentage of our learners and is a growing trend, showing our continued focus on ensuring we develop curriculum to meet the needs of these important sectors. We will continue to develop our marketing strategies to encourage young people to train in STEM subjects, particularly those under-represented groups, such as women in engineering and advanced manufacturing.
Progression to advanced level - trend analysis
As detailed earlier, in total 93.4% of completing level 2 learners progressed to a positive destination, either education or employment. 559 learners (61.6%) continued on with training, the majority with us. As detailed in the graph, 47% of all of the college’s level 2 learners progressed directly into level 3 provision. This progression rate has increased since 2011/12, but is something the college aims to improve further. This indicates that the completion of a level 2 programme is effective in supporting immediate progress to advanced level skills training and that a growing number of level 2 learners choose this option. The college clearly plays an important role locally in progressing learners to advanced level skills programmes which are required to support the regional economy.