Num­ber of ‘NEET’ teens one of the high­est in UK

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

ONE in ten 16 to 17-year-olds in Birm­ing­ham is not in work, ed­u­ca­tion or train­ing – one of the high­est pro­por­tions in the coun­try.

The lat­est fig­ures from the De­part­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion re­veal that in 2016, an es­ti­mated 2,560 16 and 17-year-olds in the city were not in em­ploy­ment, ed­u­ca­tion or train­ing – other­wise known as NEETs – nearly twice as high as the na­tional av­er­age.

Across Eng­land, around 69,500 young adults are not in em­ploy­ment, ed­u­ca­tion or train­ing, or about six per cent of all 16 to 17-year-olds.

As well as NEETs, the fig­ures also in­clude 16 and 17-year-olds whose ac­tiv­ity is not known – al­though these only make up a small frac­tion of the to­tal.

The rest of the West Mid­lands has more av­er­age rates of NEETs – in Dud­ley, the area with the next high­est rate in the re­gion, seven per cent of 16 to 17-yearolds are not in ed­u­ca­tion, work or train­ing.

Mean­while, Soli­hull has the low­est rate in the West Mid­lands, with just five per cent of young peo­ple in this sit­u­a­tion.

Na­tion­ally, boys are slightly more likely to be out of work, ed­u­ca­tion or train­ing than girls, while 17-year-olds are more likely to be NEETs than 16- yearolds – and the same is true across the West Mid­lands.

In Birm­ing­ham, 12 per cent of young men are NEETs com­pared to nine per cent of young women, while 16 per cent of all 17-yearolds are – much higher than the four per cent of 16-year- olds.

Young adults who are NEETs as teenagers are more likely to be un­em­ployed, un­qual­i­fied and un­trained later in life.

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