Positive results for Midlothian youngsters

Young volunteers at the Beadazzling shop in Dalkeith - one local project to help school leavers
Young volunteers at the Beadazzling shop in Dalkeith - one local project to help school leavers

In a dramatic turnaround of fortunes, almost 94 per cent of Midlothian’s school leavers now go into work, education, training or volunteering.

The county has shot up to seventh place in Scotland’s league for positive destinations for its school leavers.

This is in stark contrast to 2009-10 figures when Midlothian was at the bottom of the Skills Development Scotland table on 83.1 per cent.

The turnaround has been hailed as a “significant achievement” by Midlothian Council and its partners.

Councillor Bob Constable (SNP), education spokesman, said: “An increase of almost five per cent on last year’s figure is the result of much hard work by our schools, supported by our education service and a range of other key partners such as Skills Development Scotland.”

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