Record number of young people sustaining positive destinations

A total of 93.6% of 16-19-year-olds in Midlothian are sustaining a ‘positive destination’ either through a job, further education, training, or personal development.

The 2017 Annual Participation Measure, published yesterday (29 August), shows that 3,887 of young people in that age group in Midlothian are enrolled in college or training, in employment, or have secured another positive destination such as volunteering.  

Above national figure 

The figure, collated by the national skills body, Skills Development Scotland, is an increase of 4.9% from last year and places Midlothian 2.5% above the national figure (91.1%).  

The result also means Midlothian now ranks as 7th out of all 32 local authorities for young people sustaining positive destinations.   

Fantastic result 

As the fastest growing local authority Midlothian is committed to supporting all young people to take and maintain their educational and career journeys.  

Councillor Jim Muirhead, Depute Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Education, said: 

“Since 2015 I am delighted to say we have managed to increase the numbers of young people maintaining a positive destination.  This is a fantastic result and is testament to the hard work and commitment our local young people, the Council’s Lifelong Learning and Employability team, the Education Service, Skills Development Scotland and other Developing Midlothian Young Workforce partners.

“We also realise that it is vital to continue to support young adults, not just when they leave education, but also for two or three years afterwards to make sure they have continued success and reach their full potential.” 

Support for young people 

The Lifelong Learning & Employability team provides support for young people by, for example, working on their life and employability skills, how to prepare for an interview, write a CV, as well as securing training and work experience placements.  

Councillor Muirhead also urged any young person who feels they need extra support in making the next step in their career to get in touch.  

He said:  “You can either phone the council’s Lifelong Learning and Employability Service on 0131 271 3355 or get in touch with Skills Development Scotland on 0800 917 8000. 

“For further opportunities, you can also try The Guarantee which works together with local businesses to offer young people in Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian the choice of a job, Modern Apprenticeship, training or further education.”

More information 

For more information visit the Midlothian pages on Skills Development Scotland's website.

To find out more about opportunities available in Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian, visit The Guarantee.  

30 Aug 2017