number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) in England is at its lowest for a decade and has fallen by 174,000 since 2010
long term economic plan is working as more young people enter work and training
government pledges to do more by creating 3 million new apprenticeships
Official figures released today (21 May 2015) show that the proportion of 16 to 24 year olds recorded as NEET in January to March 2015 fell annually and is now at the lowest comparable rate since records began in 2001.
The highest ever recorded proportion of 16 to17 year olds, more than 9 in 10, are now participating in education or training. This trend continues for 19 to 24 year olds who are NEET with the lowest comparable rate in 10 years.
With UK employment at an all-time high of 73.5%, today’s figures further demonstrate that the government’s efforts to get people off benefits and into jobs, apprenticeships and training are working.
Skills Minister Nick Boles said:
These record low rates of young people not in employment, education or training demonstrate that our economic plan is working. No young person should be left without the opportunity of a regular wage and high quality training, that’s why we will create 3 million new apprenticeships over the next 5 years.
The quarterly figures show an overall decrease across the 16 to 24 year old age group compared to the same period in 2014.