A new report highlights that during 2017-18, 94.7% of 16 to 19 year olds in East Lothian were in education, employment or training – an increase of 1.6% on the previous year.

This compares to 91.8% nationally, according to the 2018 Annual Participation Measure Report published by Skills Development Scotland.

Of the 4,183 16 to 19 year olds in East Lothian, 68.2% were in education (67.6% in 2017), 23.8% in employment (23.2% in 2017) and 2.7% in training/personal development (2.2% in 2017).

The report shows that 16 to 19 year olds ‘not participating’ – or economically inactive – fell by 0.7% on the previous year to 2.5% overall (compared to 3.4% nationally).

Councillor Shamin Akhtar, Cabinet Spokesperson for Education at East Lothian Council, said:

“In Scotland’s Year of Young People, it’s greatly encouraging to see a further increase in the percentage of 16 to 19 year olds who are in education, employment or training. It follows last month’s excellent news of improved performance by pupils in SQA Higher courses across East Lothian Council’s six secondary schools.

“This comes at a time when East Lothian is one of Scotland’s fastest growing areas. The council continues to have a real focus on giving our children and young people the best possible start in life, while working to stimulate the local economy and create new employment opportunities.

“We continue to develop East Lothian Works, which provides people with a single point of contact for advice on employment and training, while we are looking to build on the success of key sectors such as food and drink and tourism, and take advantage of new opportunities like the City Region Deal which will help to further improve employment prospects.”

Published: Thursday, 6th September 2018