It’s the city of achieve­ment

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

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.

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