SCHOOLS in East Renfrewshire are producing the highest number of pupils who get a job, enter a training scheme or take up a place in higher education.

Scottish Government figures show almost all of the area's school leavers have a destination in place.

Across Scotland, record numbers are heading to 'positive destinations' upon leaving school, while fewer are joining the dole queue.

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According to the statistics, which cover the period from August 1, 2011 to July 31, 2012, 89.9% of school leavers are going into work, training or education.

During that time, 1354 pupils in East Renfrewshire left school, with 80% going on to university or college, and 12% getting a job.

In the Shetland Isles, almost one in three teenagers got a job, with the figures for the Orkney Islands 32% and 29% for the Western Isles. For Aberdeen, the figure was 29%.

Clackmannanshire produced the fewest number who went to university, while in Dundee, 36% went to college, the highest number in Scotland.

Midlothian Council came bottom in the table overall, with 85% entering some form of education or employment after school.

Youth employment minister Angela Constance said: "We are investing more than £80 million in our young people, their potential and talent, to improve their life chances and help boost Scotland's economy."

Lisa Beattie, Midlothian cabinet member for education, said: "We are dissatisfied with these figures as the current level is way below our aspirations."