Career information, advice and guidance services in Midlothian have been given top marks by an education watchdog.
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) careers services scored grades of very good or good across all categories in an Education Scotland review.
National skills body SDS offers free, impartial career information, advice and guidance for people of all ages in secondary schools, centres and community venues across Scotland.
Assessors spent a week in January asking staff, customers and partner agencies about their experiences of SDS careers services.
Careers staff were praised for their dedicated work with young people to increase the numbers going in to work, training, further or higher education. Figures show the numbers of young people moving in to positive destinations has increased to above the national average in the last three years.
The review also recognised proactive and close working between SDS careers staff and partners in Midlothian. Work with Midlothian Council and Edinburgh College was singled out for particular praise.
The work of SDS managers to take account of the needs of Midlothian and its communities is recognised as a strength, as is the delivery of services from a range of accessible locations within local communities. Staff are praised for making good use of the facilities to ensure access is easy for customers and partners.
SDS Midlothian area manager Margot Crosbie said: “The team here works hard day in and day out to support the people of Midlothian and I’m pleased to see the quality and importance of that work recognised in this review.
“I want to thank all the staff for their continued hard work and dedication. The positive outcomes in this report are as much about their personal contributions as about the work of SDS as an organisation.
“We look forward to continuing to work with all of our partners to build on our successes and the areas highlighted for development.”
SDS Midlothian team leader Peter Douglass added: “The review reflects the effective support SDS is offering to local communities across Midlothian, and the unique link our careers staff can offer to national skills priorities.”