Analysis of Office for National Statistics (ONS) data by the Learning and Work Institute think-tank published today (Wednesday 2 August), showed the percentage of young people who were Neet (Not in employment, education or training) for a year or more rose from 9.8 per cent to 11.2 per cent in the first quarter of this year, compared with the first quarter of last year.
Edge CEO, Alice Barnard, commented:
‘The issue of long term unemployment amongst young people is not being addressed by Government. Investment in vocational education is welcome, but offering these options at 16 is too late. The focus on employer-led learning needs to start much earlier and needs to be real and relevant.
‘Employability skills, engagement with employers and quality careers advice should be embedded in a broad and balanced curriculum which should provide technical and creative options for everyone. All young people need to be work ready so they have career choices and opportunities, whether that’s an apprenticeship, employment and training, Further or Higher Education.’