More people from Bolton are going to university - especially in poorer areas
RISING numbers of young people in Bolton are choosing to go to university — with the biggest increase seen in some of the most poorest areas of the town.
But figures reveal a huge geographical divide in the borough, suggesting that a teenager’s chances of going to university still dependd heavily on where he or she lives.
The data, published by the Higher Funding Council for England (HEFCE), shows that Bolton South East, which includes the deprived areas of Farnworth, Great Lever and Rumworth, had a 10 per cent increase in those who were 18 in 2011/12 and going on to higher education, compar-ed to 1998/99.
This means 35 per cent of young people are going on to higher education, still below the national average of 38 per cent.
Bolton West, which includes Westhoughton and Atherton, has 45 per cent of young people going on to university, up by nine per cent.
A Bolton Council spokesman said: “We are pleased to see an increase in the numbers of young people going to university.
“Achieving high educat-ional attainment and the right level and mix of skills are essential for a strong and competitive economy. Bolton is driving economic growth through its key employment sites in the town centre, Horwich Loco Works and Logistics North, which will create thousands of jobs and maximising the local benefit from employment opportunities through its All Age Skills Strategy which aims to strengthen the skills and ambitions of the local workforce.”
Bolton Council says it is working with partner agencies and stakeholders as “Team Bolton” to increase the number of people in education, training or employment.
It says it is supporting young people to raise their aspirations and improve skills of those in the workforce.
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