Record number of young people in a 'positive destination'

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 released today.

95.1% of school leavers going on to further education, jobs or volunteering

The figures confirm that 95.1% of school leavers found a job, enrolled in college, university, training or other destination such as volunteering. The figures are 1.7% above last year’s Midlothian figures and 1.8% above the national average with Midlothian Council now ranking joint 4th when comparing performance across the 32 local authorities.

In 2008/9 78.4% of school leavers had a positive destination

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

Positive destinations is a council priority

“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

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


7 Mar 2017