Youth Opportunity Index Map

Use this interactive map to explore the Youth Opportunity Index.

The Index gives a relative measure of education and employment opportunities for young people across England’s 150 local education authorities. The score for each area reflects how its performance compares with the best-performing area in the country; the higher the score, the better the performance. Results are presented as a heatmap, with darker shades representing higher scores.

  • Apprenticeships. Apprenticeship starts as a proportion of 16-24s in a local area.
  • Employment. Employment rates for 23-28 year olds.
  • Net underemployment. This measure is the balance between the numbers of young people wanting to work more hours and the numbers wanting to work fewer hours.
  • NEET. The proportion of 16-17 year olds not in education, employment or training.
  • Overall Index. The average score across all indices. It gives an overall comparative measure of the education and employment opportunities for young people living in each local area.
  • Attainment 8. Attainment of GCSE-level qualifications by young people resident in a local area.
  • Level 3. The proportion of young people resident in a local area qualified to Level 3 by age 19.
  • Higher education. The proportion of 15 year olds in a local area entering higher education by age 19.

Use the toolbar to share, download or reset the map. To compare the ranked performance of local areas for each index, see our interactive tables organised by local education authority and by region.