The number of 16-24 year old’s that are not in education, employment or training has dropped by almost 100,000 people.
A survey conducted by the Labour Force Survey shows that between October and December last year, the amount of people in this age gap had fallen by 1.5% compared to the same period in 2014. It’s the lowest rate since the year 2000.
Skills Minister Nick Boles said, “we are committed to giving every young person, whatever their background, the chance to earn a good living or learn new skills.”
The Minister plans to deliver 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020, in the hope to bring the amount of young people not in education, employment or training to an all-time low.
Young Enterprise scheme offers two programmes for young people in Dorset. The Employability, Enterprise and Empowerment programme (EEE), which seeks to raise the aspirations of 13-14 year olds. Furthermore, the Route to Work (RTW) programme, which aims to show 16-18 year olds options, that are available after school, is being offered.
Maggie Ayre, the area manager for Dorset, Devon and Cornwall said, “the RTW is currently running as a pilot scheme and was launched as a response to the school leaving age rising to 18.”
“It is targeted mainly at those who have opted not to go to university and are most likely to take up apprenticeships”, she continued.
It is hoped that schemes such as these will only cause a further drop in the amount of young people declared not in education, employment or training.
The figures are based on the Labour Force Survey data, and are compared to the same period over different years, ensuring they are not distorted by seasonal factors.