Young adults in Midlothian secure a positive future

Tuesday September 7th 2021

Positive-Destinations


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Newly released national statistics show that 93.7% of young adults in Midlothian were in work or had enrolled in further or higher education or training during 2021 – an increase of 0.3% compared to the previous year.

The Annual Participation Measure reports on the economic and employment activity of 16 to 19 year olds in Scotland and is the information source for one of the Scottish Government’s National Performance indicators.

Across Scotland as a whole, 92.2 % of young adults are currently participating in education, training or employment. The latest figures put Midlothian 1.5% above the national average and in eighth place out of the country’s 32 local authority areas.

Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor Jim Muirhead, welcomed the latest figures.

“These are very difficult times, as we emerge from the pandemic and work to build economic recovery,” said Councillor Muirhead.

“Given the circumstances, I am pleased that we have once again managed to increase the number of young people in Midlothian securing a positive future. This demonstrates the hard work and commitment of our young adults, our schools, the council’s communities, lifelong learning and employability service, Skills Development Scotland and the other partners who play a key role in supporting our young people on their educational, training and career journeys.”

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