20/08/2015

16-To-18 Year Old NEET's At Record Low

The number of 16 to 18-year-olds not in education, employment or training – otherwise known as NEET's – is at a record low.

The figures show an 11,000 fall in the number of 16-18 NEET's, since 2000, when consistent data collection began.

Since 2011, overall  rates have consistently fallen for the April to June period, with the government helping create 2.3 million apprenticeships in the last Parliament, and establishing a more respected professional and technical education system.

Skills Minister Nick Boles said: "Today we have yet more evidence this government is delivering on its commitment to get all young people either learning or into work.

"While the proportion of young people is at its lowest for this time of the year since 2004, we will not stop there.

"Our focus remains firmly on equipping all young people with the skills they need - not least through our pledge to deliver 3 million new apprenticeships in this Parliament."

Other figures show that the number of 16- to 24-year-olds who were NEET had fallen by 0.4 percentage points to 13.1%, down 23,000 and at its lowest level since 2004 and the number of 19- to 24-year-olds who were NEET had fallen by 0.3 percentage points to 15.7%, a reduction of 12,000 on last year

(MH)

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