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Emma is driving forward initiatives designed to encourage all nine secondary schools in the area to embrace information sharing.

On a recent in-service day, she delivered a presentation which outlined the benefits of the scheme.

"Not everyone leaving school has a university course, training position or job to go to. Through partnership working and information sharing, we can identify those young people and tailor local provision for them. That has fantastic benefits for the community as a whole."

Emma Fairley, Opportunities for All co-ordinator at Scottish Borders Council

She says: "Through increased communication, and strong links with the schools' business managers, we have managed to develop a robust partnership which extends to colleges, Job Centre Plus, training organisations and volunteer centres.

As a local authority committed to ensuring all young people benefit from the opportunities available to them, we are keen to develop services that meet local need. Information sharing is a useful tool to help us to do that."

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