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Helping all young people in East Lothian find work, training or further study after school is a key benefit of the 16+ Data-Hub, according to the area's local authority.

Alison Hood, East Lothian Council's Team Leader (Employability) explains: "We now send the Data-Hub reports to all six high schools in East Lothian ahead of our 16+ Hub meetings.

"At those meetings, we use the data to inform our 'red-amber-green' system as part of the post-school destination analysis. It helps us learn who is 'green', in other words, who already has or is certain to have a positive destination, and to highlight those at the 'red' end of the scale - those young people who, for a variety of reasons, do not have a job, a place at college or university or a training post lined up."

Alison Hood

Alison, who has worked closely with Elaine Brown, Opportunities for All co-ordinator at neighbouring Midlothian Council, says "the Data-Hub is a very positive tool, enabling us to help our young people make the most of their opportunities on leaving school."

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