Almost all school leavers in East Dunbartonshire secure jobs, further education or training

Councillor Eric Gotts, convener of the council's education committee
Councillor Eric Gotts, convener of the council's education committee

Pupils educated in East Dunbartonshire are less likely to end up unemployed than almost anywhere else in Scotland.

Figures provided by Skills Development Scotland recently show that almost 96 per cent of pupils who left East Dunbartonshire’s secondary schools during the last academic year went straight into either work, higher education, further education, training, or another ‘positive destination’.

The figure is an increase of 1.1 per cent on the previous year and is significantly higher than the Scottish national average for school leavers going on to ‘positive destinations’ - which currently sits at 91.4 per cent.

The figure sees East Dunbartonshire rank second of Scotland’s 32 local authorities when it comes to giving young people a solid foundation for a bright future.

Councillor Eric Gotts, convener of the council’s education committee, praised the efforts of the young people and school staff.

He said: “During the last academic year 1,310 young people left our eight secondary schools. To hear that almost all of them have gone on to bigger and better things is excellent news.

“This generation of young people face many hurdles to get into the world of work while competition for education and training course places is also fierce. These figures make very positive reading and it is encouraging to see East Dunbartonshire performing above the national average.

“The council works with a range of partner agencies to support young people to leave school and secure a positive and sustained destination.”