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Young people who are NEET hits 9-year low

27/08/2014 Kelly
The number of young people classified as not in education, employment or training (NEET) has fallen to a nine-year low.

Official figures show the number of NEETs in England has dropped to 125,000 compared to the same period last year - the lowest level since 2005.

According to the Department for Education, the number and proportion of teenagers thus classified is the smallest since records began in 2000.

Skills minister Nick Boles said: "Today's figures are hugely encouraging and show how this government's reforms are properly equipping young people for life in modern Britain.

"With the number of young people not in education, employment or training at their lowest levels for nine years we are seeing the huge progress being made to ensure they have the skills to pursue high-quality careers."

He added that the news shows the government's long-term economic plan is working and it will continue to boost the prospects of young people.

These figures take into account the raising of the participation age, which requires youngsters to continue in education or training beyond the age of 16.

Rather than dropping out, every young person is now able to continue their education or training and carry on to skilled employment or higher education.

As a result of the reforms, the highest participation result for 16-year-olds has been achieved since comparable records began.

Compared to the same period in 2013, participation for 16-year-olds is now at 95.3 per cent - up 1.2 percentage points, while participation of 16 and 17-year-olds is also up to 91.4 per cent - the highest rate since comparable records began in 2000.

The raising of the participation age took place over two stages and does not require children to remain in school. Instead, they may choose to take an apprenticeship or join full-time employment or volunteering, combined with part-time education or training.

This was one of a number of reforms introduced by the coalition government to ensure young people have the opportunities to develop skills for life and work.

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