Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)
6.7 per cent of 16–17 year-olds in Rochdale borough were Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) in 2016, which equates to around 350 people from this age group. This is higher than the England average of 6 per cent, although lower than the Greater Manchester average of 6.9 per cent (Department for Education).
What outcomes do we want to see for young people?
One of the key outcomes wanted for residents is that all are in education, employment or training at the end of compulsory education. Increasing the participation of young people in learning and employment contributes to improved social mobility as well as stimulating economic growth.
To support more young people studying and gaining the skills and qualifications that lead to sustainable jobs and reduce the risk of them becoming NEET, legislation was included in 2013 to raise the participation age as contained within the Education and Skills Act 2008. This required that from 2013 all young people remain in some form of education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17.
Health impacts of being out of education, employment or training
Young people who are not in education, employment or training are at greater risk of a range of negative outcomes including poor health, depression or early parenthood. These figures are monitored to encourage services to work together to support young people, particularly the most vulnerable, to engage in education, training and work.
Statistics on participation in education, employment or training
- Department For Education (DFE) - Young people's participation in education, employment and training statistics - the DFE publishes statistics on young people's participation in education, employment and training and those who are NEET.
Guidance and information on participation in education, employment or training
- Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) - Local action on health inequalities: Reducing the number of young people not in employment, education or training (NEET) - this review is intended primarily for directors of public health, public health teams and local authorities. It aims to describe and demonstrate effective, practical local action with regards to reducing the number of young people who are NEET.
- Department for Education - Participation of young people: education, employment and training guidance - this is statutory guidance for local authorities on their duties relating to the participation of young people in education, employment or training. It aims to support staff involved in the commissioning and delivery of education and training provision for young people (16 and 17 year-olds), promoting participation of young people, and tracking and supporting young people's activity.
- Local Government - Education to Employment - Supporting Youth Participation - in November 2020 the Local Government Association (LGA) commissioned York Consulting LLP to undertake a project to support the sector through action learning; to better understand those not in education, employment, or training (NEET); and those at risk of becoming NEET.