Record low level for NEETs

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Fewer young people than ever are now classed as NEET in the UK

The number of young people aged from 16 to 18 in the UK that are classed as not in education or training (NEET) has reached a record-low level, new government figures have revealed.

According to data published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the proportion of NEETs in the UK has fallen by 0.6 per cent in 2015 from its level in 2010 to 7.5 per cent overall. This equates to a reduction of 11,000 cases over the last five years and is the lowest recorded figure since records began in 2000.

Several reforms have been implemented by the government in the last five years to help make this situation a reality, including:

  • raising the age of participation in education or training to 18.
  • ensuring new minimum standards for apprenticeships.
  • introducing degree-level apprenticeships to offer in-work training with university-class qualifications.

Each of these measures now appear to be bearing fruit in terms of helping more young people to develop essential skills for the future.

Responding to the positive result, skills minister Nick Boles stated: "While the proportion of young people NEET 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 three million new apprenticeships in this parliament."

Ensuring more young people are developing the skills that will enable them to excel in their future careers is an important part of delivering the next generation of skilled professionals. This latest reduction in the number of people outside of this remit is therefore extremely encouraging for the nation as a whole.