Positive results for youth

Figures released by Skills Development Scotland indicate that more school leavers are moving to positive destinations, such as employment, training or education, than ever before.

Across Dumfries and Gallowa,y 93 percent of leavers entered a positive destination in 2014/15, a rise of 2.0 percent since the previous year.

Dumfries and Galloway has also increased its ranking by 8 places (25%) and now ranks 20th in comparison with the other Scottish local authorities.

The report also shows that the percentage of leavers reported as unemployed and seeking employment has fallen 2.4 percent, down from 7.1 per cent in 2013/14, the lowest it has been in a number of years.

Councillor Colin Smyth, chairman of the Economy, Environment and Infrastructure committee, said, “Building the local economy is the number one priority for our Council. We also want to provide the best start for all our children and be inclusive.

“Over the last year I have seen a lot of good work being done with school leavers. This is partly due to better joint working processes involving Education Services, DG Employment TAP, and the Employability and Skills Service. There has also been Scottish Government and European funding. The mission now is to accelerate our activity to ensure improvements in positive destinations.”