Number of Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training Falls
August 24, 2020
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The number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) has fallen slightly year-on-year, according to new data.

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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said there were an estimated 765,000 young people (aged 16 to 24 years) in the UK who were NEET in April to June 2020, a decrease of 28,000 compared with April to June 2019 and down by 6,000 compared with January to March 2020.

The percentage of all young people in the UK who were NEET in April to June 2020 was estimated at 11.1%, down by 0.3% year-on-year and by 0.1% compared with January to March 2020.

Of all young people in the UK who were NEET in April to June 2020, an estimated 39% were looking for, and available for, work and therefore classified as unemployed. The remainder were either not looking for work and/or not available for work and were classified as economically inactive.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady warned there is a danger that this progress could be reversed following the coronavirus pandemic if the government does not take the required action.

“Protecting jobs remains vital. Young people work in higher numbers in hard-hit sectors like arts, leisure and retail. We need the government to look at job retention support beyond October for businesses that can’t yet fully operate, but still have a viable future.

“For young people without work, the Kickstart programme will help. But there must be a role for unions in the scheme to make sure that the jobs on offer are good quality.

“And there needs to be an education and training guarantee for young people too, so they have the option to improve their skills either at college or through an apprenticeship.”

LinkedIn director Janine Chamberlin said young people are “perfectly placed to grab” new employment opportunities created by consumer demand.

“In the last month, LinkedIn data shows a surge in demand from companies looking to bolster customer service and support capabilities, with supermarkets, convenience stores and retailers in particular looking for customer service assistants and personal shoppers.

“To help young people land these jobs, we’ve made online learning courses available for free on communication and problem-solving skills, which are integral to these roles, as well as other essential skills at opportunity.linkedin.com.”

The British Psychological Society (BPS), meanwhile, has cautioned that failing to take action to provide psychological support for young people could have widespread, long-term implications for society, as the impact of the pandemic continues to affect learning, training and employment opportunities.

The BPS said urgent interventions are needed to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people, and it has published new expert psychological guidance to help professionals support them into further learning, training or jobs.

Janet Fraser, chair of the BPS’ Working Differently task group, which produced the guidance, said many young people will feel that the odds of achieving their goals are stacked against them due to the current situation.

“That’s why it’s so important that now, more than ever, we take positive action to empower young people, work with them to support their ambitions, show them a way forward and help them overcome the barriers they face.”

Number of Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training has Fallen
March 2, 2020
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Responding to the Office of National Statistics figures on young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs),

Chair of the Local Government Association’s City Regions Board, Sir Richard Leese, said:

“It is positive that the number of young people not in education, employment or training has fallen.

“With more than 760,000 young people still NEET, it remains vital that we ensure more young people have the opportunities to increase their skills and retrain, so we can drive up productivity and start to close local skills gaps.

“With greater powers and resources, councils can help the Government more effectively reduce long-term unemployment and the number of young people out of work by being able to target support locally as well as tackle skills gaps.

“Councils want to ensure every young person realises their full potential and supporting our young people to make an effective transition from education to employment must be a top priority. This means providing the right careers advice and guidance, and holistic support needed for every young person.

“Devolving careers advice, post-16 and skills budgets and powers to local areas, would allow councils, schools, colleges and employers to work together to improve provision for young people so that they can get on in life.”

Office for National Statistics

763,000 (11.1%) 16 to 24-year-olds were NEET (not in education, employment or training) in Oct-Dec 2019

This was:

-A decrease of 26,000 (0.3 percentage points down) on Oct- Dec 2018

-Down 38,000 (0.5 percentage points down) compared with July-Sept 2019 http://ow.ly/MZ8A50yxgWl 

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Estimates of young people (aged 16 to 24 years) who are not in education, employment or training, by age and sex.

Documents

Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), UK: February 2020

Impetus: Research Report on Long-Term NEET
October 4, 2019
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The research report ‘The Long-Term NEET Population’ highlights that 75% of young people who are NEET for three months have been NEET for 12 months.

Most NEET young people are NEET for the long-term. This finding has significant consequences, with being long-term NEET linked to poorer health and employment outcomes decades later: a scarring effect.

To read the full report follow the link below.

https://impetus.org.uk/assets/publications/Youth-Jobs-Gap-The-Long-Term-NEET-Population.pdf

Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), UK: August 2019
August 23, 2019
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Estimates of young people (aged 16 to 24 years) who are not in education, employment or training, by age and sex.

Main points

For April to June 2019:

  • There were 792,000 young people (aged 16 to 24 years) in the UK who were not in education, employment or training (NEET); this number increased by 28,000 from January to March 2019 and was up 14,000 when compared with April to June 2018.
  • The percentage of all young people in the UK who were NEET was 11.5%; the proportion was up 0.4 percentage points from January to March 2019 and up 0.3 percentage points from April to June 2018.
  • Of all young people in the UK who were NEET, 41.6% were looking for, and available for, work and therefore classified as unemployed; the remainder were either not looking for work and/or not available for work and therefore classified as economically inactive.

To read the full report follow the link below

https://bit.ly/31UR2Z7

Hard Facts Employers Should Consider Before Recruiting Young People Who Are NEET

James Ashall, Chief Executive, Movement to Work provides an insight into how organisations like BAE Systems, BT, Marks and Spencer and the NHS haveMovement to Workbenefited from looking deeper into the labour market.

Movement to Work works with businesses and organisations that have the imagination to give young people who need more support a chance in the workplace through placements and other job opportunities.

Together we have provided over 80,000 placements, and over 50% of those completing them have gone onto employment or back into education.

But, of course, many businesses need more than imagination, they must justify all of their decisions to investors, staff and customers. And the good news is they can. Recruiting this way makes financial sense through lower recruitment costs, ensures a high level of loyalty among incoming staff and improves the morale of existing staff. Read more

Young People NEET, UK: November 2018
November 27, 2018
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For July to September 2018, there were 760,000 young people (aged 16 to 24 years) in the UK who were not in education, employment or training (NEET); this number decreased by 23,000 from April to June 2018 and was down 29,000 when compared with July to September 2017.

The percentage of all young people in the UK who were NEET was 10.9%; the proportion was down 0.3 percentage points from April to June 2018 and down 0.3 percentage points from July to September 2017.

Of all young people in the UK who were NEET, 37.0% were looking for work and available for work and therefore classified as unemployed; the remainder were either not looking for work and/or not available for work and therefore classified as economically inactive.

YouGov has today (22 Nov) released the Education and Training Statistics for the UK 2018, which specifically state that the NEET rate (Not in Education, Employment or Training) for 18-24 year olds has fallen each year between 2013 and 2017, from 16.8% in 2013 to 12.9% in 2017, including a 0.5 percentage point fall between 2016 and 2017.

Alan Woods OBE 100x100Alan Woods OBE, CEO of VTCT, said:

“It is absolutely imperative that all of us involved in the education and training of young people tackles youth unemployment and it simply isn’t good enough that more than 1 in 10 young people are classified today as not in education, employment or training (NEET). With a growing economy and falling unemployment, we cannot forget that there are 760,000 young people still out of a job or not in the education and training system.

“We know that vocational and technical education, and specifically apprenticeships, as well as the many other advantages they bring to all learners, can also bridge that gap for young people who fall off the system and acts as a lifeline to bring them back in. We need a properly funded, holistic plan that upskills all of the UK’s potential workforce that challenges schools, colleges, private training providers and awarding bodies to remain inclusive for all learners, especially those with difficult circumstances, and champions young people into a career choice of their own which leads to a job.” Read more

Reach UP: A Coca-Cola European Partners and UK Youth Partnership

In direct response to the 800,000 young people who are currently not in education, employment or training (NEET), Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is working with national charity, UK Youth, on a new programme to equip young people with employability skills and confidence to transition into work.

To help support these young people into work, CCEP and UK Youth’s new programme, Reach Up, will engage 16 to 23 year olds who are either NEET, at risk of becoming NEET or underemployed (i.e. involuntarily working part-time after failing to secure full-time employment), and empower them with the confidence, skills and experience needed to feel ready for the work place. Reach Up will be piloted with a group of young people in the Wirral, in the north west of England, during the rest of 2018.

Patrick Shaw-Brown, Director of National Programmes at UK Youth said: “The transition into employment is a tough experience for many young people, bringing with it challenges and responsibilities they may not be aware of, or equipped to cope with. Many young people don’t have, or don’t recognise that they have, the confidence or relevant experiences needed to enter the workplace. We’re proud to partner with Coca-Cola European Partners on this new programme and give young people real life workplace experiences, alongside bespoke training to ensure they feel ready for the workplace.” Read more