Research and analysis

Research into training for young adults aged 19 to 24 who are not in education, employment or training (NEET)

Analyses the impact of training for young people formerly not in employment, education or training (NEET). BIS research paper number 95.


Research into training for young adults aged 19 to 24 who are not in education, employment or training (NEET)

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The government provided additional funding for training in the academic year 2011 to 2012 for young adults aged 19-24 not in employment, education or training (NEET) building on existing capacity in colleges and the third sector organisations. The funding aimed to help providers offer flexible vocationally-oriented programmes, personalised learning and individual intensive support with an emphasis on developing employability skills. Providers were expected to get participants to a point where they could undertake further training and progress into an Apprenticeship or other form of employment.

This research evaluates how well skills providers were able to prepare young people, aged 19 to 24 and are NEET, for apprenticeships and other work, and what additional actions they might need to take to secure such outcomes in the future. Also aims to understand more about the young adults who participate in the courses and why they chose to participate. The research included initial consultations with key stakeholders, visits to selected providers and interviews with learners.

The research explores:

  • the nature of the provision for young people
  • the types of partnerships that have been developed or strengthened as a result of the provision
  • approaches that have been used to engage, young adults in the training
  • the learner journey, including education and employment histories
Published 1 February 2013