It’s the city of achievement
MUCH has been said and written about Dundee’s ongoing renaissance in recent years, and civic leaders have quite rightly talked up the massive changes taking place in the city and the bright future it can look forward to.
And now, statistics from schools have shown that young Dundonians are embracing the feel-good factor and setting themselves ever-more-ambitious targets for their own futures (see pages 4&5).
The number of pupils leaving secondaries in the city and going on to further education, apprenticeships and jobs is higher than it has been at any time in the past six years.
Indeed, the “positive destinations” rate of 94.2% is higher than the Scottish average and a 4.6% improvement on the figure for 2011/12.
Those are remarkable numbers and every bit as important to Dundee’s future as the £1 billion being invested in the Waterfront and the V&A museum of design.
Giving the next generation the chance to learn, live and work in the city is as vital as turning it into a magnet for visitors from all over the globe.
The local authority deserves a pat on the back, not only for the quality of education and opportunity it is delivering in schools, but also for its work to identify growth areas in the jobs market and offering school leavers the best possible chance of securing themselves long-term careers.
The young people themselves, however, deserve the bulk of the credit for rising to the challenges they face.
They are showing that despite the welldocumented drugs and deprivation issues locally, Dundee is not just the City of Discovery — it is also the city of achievement.