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Helping young people find work, training or further study after leaving school is a key benefit of the 16+ Data-Hub.

West Dunbartonshire Council management information officer Darel Mathias explained: "In the time since we began using the Data-Hub, the service has dramatically improved.

"Without it, the process of tracking young people once they left school was complicated and time consuming. Now, we have an accurate and up to date account of where they are and what they are doing."

Acting Opportunities for All co-ordinator Susie Byrne added: "That is extremely useful, particularly when our focus is on helping young people gain a positive destination such as a job, college or university place or apprenticeship."

She added: "The Data-Hub is a powerful tool with great potential to be used for the benefit of all young people."

"It is important to make sure that the courses and opportunities provided in the local area actually meet local needs and that's where the knowledge and expertise of our staff, combined with information obtained from the Data-Hub, play a vital role."

Working closely with Skills Development Scotland, West Dunbartonshire Council is keen to strengthen partnerships with colleges, universities and other organisations.

Susie said: "The Data-Hub cannot work in isolation and improving partnerships is the key to moving forward."

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