Young people, education and employment

The Department for Education has published information on young people not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Key findings include that:

  • The 16-18 NEET rate fell to 10.6 percent in July to September 2014, 1.6 percent lower than July to September 2013 and the lowest July to September figure since comparable data began in 2000;
  • The 19-24 NEET rate fell by 2.4 percent to 17.6 percent in the same period and the overall 16-24 rate fell by 2.2 percent to 15.4 percent;
  • For 16-18 year olds, this change was driven by a fall in the proportion of those not in education or training (NET) and a rise in the employment rate of the NET group; and
  • For the 19-24 age group, the main driver was a rise in the employment rate to its highest level since 2008.

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The Office for National Statistics has published figures on young people aged from 16 to 24 in the labour market for September to November 2014.

Key points include that:

  • There were 3.77 million people in work, including 848,000 full-time students with part-time jobs;
  • There were 764,000 unemployed people including 244,000 full-time students looking for part-time work; and
  • There were 2.76 million economically inactive people, 2.09 million of whom were full-time students.

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that a comprehensive national database of post-16 skills and employer-led courses and opportunities in England, similar to the UCAS system, will be in place at the beginning of the next school year in September 2015.

Official statistics show that in the four years to 2009 to 2010, 928,800 people began an apprenticeship compared to 1,984,900 over the past four years. For further information visit