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Letter to Editor: NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) at its highest level since 2012

Education: Secondary / Sun 24th Jul 2022 am31 08:49am

Dear Editor,

LAST week data from the Department of Education showed that the proportion of 16-year-olds who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) is at its highest level since 2012.

This is a devastating indication of the effect that years of interrupted education and the pandemic has had on our young people, on their ambitions, on their mental health. In our education centres we are aware of these missing young people, the ones that were already vulnerable, already struggling but because of the pandemic this wasn’t picked up. Unfortunately, many of those young people have now slipped through the net.

We need a reunited effort to find these young people and to engage them back in education, training or employment. Once we had a national Connexions service which could do this exact task. Now we have a patchy, postcode lottery of provision to support and engage NEET young people. They deserve better than this.

We need more focus and more funding for those young people who are disengaged from education and we need this funding to be extended to cover 16-18 year olds through a Pupil Premium Plus.

Elise Temple

Director of Education and Skills

Nacro (one of the country’s largest independent providers of further education and skills)
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3 Comments for Letter to Editor: NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) at its highest level since 2012:

Theman
2022-07-24 08:56:02

NIEEOT. Know your acronym.

Brian
2022-07-24 09:37:41

The Prince's Trust Team programme can assist with helping build confidence and get youngsters ready for work. Aimed at 16 to 25 year olds. Herts Fire and rescue run this programme locally. https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/fire-and-rescue/children-and-young-people/princes-trust-programme-application-form.aspx

Max
2022-07-24 16:03:55

It comes from the house where you grew up. You can't expect youngsters to be ambitious if they come from house where parents are claiming benefits and not working or have no education. That is a bigger issue in a UK, not just for young people.That is the way where UK is going to unfortunately. Make Brian great ,huh who with.....lol

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