Where have all the NEET’s gone?

Recent figures released by the Department for Education for the number of youngsters not in education, employment or training (NEET) across the country are currently below 8% for only the second time in the last 30 years and this compares with a rate of 14% in 1985.

The number of 16-18 year old NEET’s has declined from 211,600 in 2008 (the start of the recession) to 148,000 in 2013 (a reduction of 30%).

Groundwork is delivering a number of programmes focussed on reducing the number of NEET young people in Bolton, Bury, Oldham and Rochdale. In addition to The Prince’s Trust Team programme we also offer support for through the Youth Contract, GM Talent Match programme and the ESF NEET contract.

The trend if anything seems to be indicating that the number of youngster’s classified as NEET is decreasing at an ever greater rate. In the boroughs of Bolton, Bury, Oldham and Rochdale there has been a 10.6% reduction in the number of NEET young people from 2012 to 2013.

The statistics indicate that more are in work than hitherto, partly a result of a success in the apprenticeship programme and the various NEET schemes that exist either just locally or nationally – set-up in response to the higher NEET numbers of a few years ago.

If the economy was going through a boom phase, how low would the numbers go?

However, do the numbers reveal the full story? There remain many individuals in need of support and assistance through this, one of their most difficult periods in their life. There also maybe problems in capturing all of the data to make the statistics entirely accurate e.g. have some youngsters disappeared from the numbers because of operating in the undeclared economy.

Groundwork is fully focussed on ensuring that all young people remain active and useful citizens. If your organisation works with NEET young people and would like to take advantage of the free services offered by Groundwork then please get in touch.

If you work for a business or organisation that would like to help a young person with careers advice, mock interviews or a work placement then please contact us today.

Stuart Brierley, Finance & Corporate Services Director
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