Positive destinations for Midlothian school leavers above the national average

Newly released Scottish Government statistics show that 94.5 per cent of school leavers in Midlothian were in ‘positive destinations’ during 2019/20.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 11:11 am
Stock shot of pupils wearing face masks/coverings at School. Photo by John Devlin.

The number of young people in the area in a job or enrolling in further or higher education, training or volunteering increased by 0.7 per cent compared with 2018/19.

Across Scotland as a whole, 93.3 per cent of young adults are in a positive destination, with the latest figures putting Midlothian 1.2 per cent above the national average and in ninth place out of the country’s 32 local authority areas.

Midlothian Council’s Executive Director for Children, Young People and Partnerships, Fiona Robertson, said: “In these very difficult times, I am pleased that we have once again managed to increase the number of young people in Midlothian maintaining their positive destination.

"This demonstrates the hard work and commitment of our young adults, our schools, the council’s lifelong learning service, Skills Development Scotland and other partners who play a part in supporting our young people on their educational, training and career journeys.”

Ms Robertson hopes that with the country looking to bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic in the years ahead, local pupils continue to reach positive destinations.

She added: “As we plan for economic recovery, coming through and out of the pandemic, it is vital that we continue to provide and enhance the support our young people need to help them reach their full potential.”