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