Midlothian now fourth for school leavers’ positive destinations

Midlothian is witnessing further improvements in positive destinations for teenagers
Midlothian is witnessing further improvements in positive destinations for teenagers

A record number of young people in Midlothian are leaving school and going on to a ‘positive destination’ according to the latest Scottish Government figures.

The figures confirm that 95.1 per cent of school leavers found a job, enrolled in college, university, training or other destination such as volunteering. The figures are 1.7 per cent above last year’s Midlothian figures and 1.8 per cent above the national average with Midlothian Council now ranking joint fourth when comparing performance across Scotland.

A spokeswoman said: “This is a fantastic achievement especially given that in 2008/9 78.4 per cent of school leavers went on to a positive destination.

“We’ve made positive destinations a priority at the council and in community planning so we’re delighted to note this progress which is the result of a lot of hard work by the pupils themselves, schools, Lifelong Learning and Employability, all council departments and partner agencies including Skills Development Scotland and DYW Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian.

“A huge well done to everyone involved. While we’ve exceeded our target of getting at least 95 per cent of our school leavers into a positive destination, we are not complacent. We would like to see 100 per cent of school leavers have a positive place to go when leaving school in future.”