Scorecards to help reduce NEET levels28 July 2015
Local councils in England will be both monitored and scored annually on how well they are doing in tackling the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET). This initiative of a scorecard is being launched by the Minister of State for Skills and Equalities, Nick Boles and will rate councils’ performance in various areas – including their success in tracking 16-19 year olds’ activity – against the national average, helping them identify where they can improve and ensuring the public can better hold them to account.
The Department for Education say that the current NEET rate is at its lowest level in a decade. Official figures released in June also show that the lowest rate of 16- to 18-year-olds NEET since records began, are 52,000 fewer young people NEET since 2011.
Following a successful six month trial period, the scorecards, which cover the 16 to 19 age group, will now be published every summer. They will form part of the government’s plans to abolish youth unemployment and to gain three million new apprentices by 2020 – ensuring all young people are either earning or learning. It is now compulsory for young people to stay in education, employment or training until age 18.
Local authority data included in the scorecards reveal:
A year-on-year rise in the proportion of 16- and 17-year-olds in education and training
Allows local authorities and their partners to monitor their own performance and compare it with that of others.
Aims to put the local authorities’ NEET figures into context by setting them alongside a range of other related information.
Nick Boles commented on the scorecards:
‘‘With recent figures showing record lows in the number of young people not in education, employment or training, it is clear that our economic plan is working.’’
‘‘But we know there is more to do, and the annual NEET scorecards will prove a highly effective tool in delivering our commitment to helping young people reach their potential.’’