The numbers of teenagers taking part in education, training and employment in North Ayrshire has hit a record high.

North Ayrshire has the second highest level of improvement in participation for young people when compared with all local authority areas in Scotland.

The latest figures are the continuation of a positive trend demonstrated since 2016 and reflects the strong partnership working contributing to this.

The council presented a report on the Annual Participation Measure (APM) at Tuesday’s cabinet meeting.

This is an indicator of the proportion of 16 to 19-year-olds who are involved in education, training or employment over a whole year, from April 1 last year until March 31.

The APM has been adopted in the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework as the measure of young people’s participation.

The current 2023 APM for North Ayrshire sits at 93.9 per cent, which is the highest on record since the APM began in 2016 and continues a positive three-year trend from 2021.

The figures are published by Skills Development Scotland.

The 2023 APM showed that of the 5,872 16 to 19 year-olds in North Ayrshire, 93.9 per cent were in education, employment or training and personal development.