Focus on skills and qualifications

Overall Blackburn with Darwen performs above the national average on the Progress 8 measure of attainment at Key Stage 4, although there are significant differences between progress in the borough’s schools. On overall attainment, the borough scores 50.3, just above the all England average score of 48.5. After secondary education, a greater proportion of the borough’s young people stay on in full time education or training and a smaller proportion in apprenticeships, compared to Lancashire Local Education Authority (LEA).

On average, a lower proportion of students who study A Levels in Blackburn with Darwen schools and colleges achieve top grades compared to the England average.Working age residents of the borough have on average lower levels of higher level qualifications and a greater proportion have no qualifications; although the gap to the regional and national averages with no qualifications is narrowing. The UK wide Employer Skills Survey estimates that around 3% of businesses in Blackburn with Darwen stated that they had a skills shortage vacancy (which is due to a shortage of skills or experience that the employer is looking for).