Record number of school leavers in jobs, training and further education

The figures, collated by the national skills body, Skills Development Scotland, published today show that 94.4% of school leavers in Midlothian are in a sustained positive destination such as a job or further education.

Record achievement

This is our highest recorded figure to date and is up on last year’s figures and shows a 6.4% improvement over the last 5 years.

Higher than Scottish average

Nationally, 92.9% of school leavers are in a positive destination and we are delighted that the Midlothian figure is above the national average.

Improving since 2012

Councillor Jim Muirhead, Midlothian’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “Since 2012 I am delighted to say we have managed to sustain the numbers of young people maintaining their positive destination from leaving school.

Big ambitions

“Our ambition is to see all of school leavers go onto a positive destination.

“Numerous initiatives are in place to support young people. For example, we work with the Regional ‘Developing Young Workforce’ Group of the chambers of commerce to run an annual jobs road show in Midlothian . This event attracts more than 400 pupils from all our high schools to meet up with 30 recruiting businesses and our school breakfasts with business representatives.”

Get in touch

Cllr Muirhead urged every young person who has left school but feels in need of extra support to get in touch. He said:  “You can either phone the council’s Lifelong Learning and Employability Service 0131 271 3923/3450 or get in touch with Skills Development Scotland on 0800 917 8000.”


19 Jun 2018