More school leavers will be jobless and not involved in further or higher education in the coming years.
That is the fear of Glenn Rodger, director of education for Scottish Borders Council, who was reflecting on figures included in the council’s wide-ranging standards report into his department.
It showed pupils from across the region had not ended up in positive destinations - which includes higher and further education, training and employment - three months after leaving school.
Mr Rodger said: “We need to continue working with the colleges in a positive way and looking at modern apprenticeships moving forward.”
He added that a new employability team will be in place at Newtown St Boswells from April 1 to help provide work opportunities.