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ERIC Number: ED508573
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-8457-2881-6
Tackling the NEETs Problem: Supporting Local Authorities in Reducing Young People Not in Employment, Education and Training
Learning and Skills Network (NJ3)
Too many young people between the ages of 16 and 19 find themselves in the category which is usually referred to as NEET (not in employment, education or training). Research shows that disengagement at this age is disastrous in personal terms; causes problems in the community in the form of nuisance and crime; leads to long-term costs in increased criminality, welfare dependency, housing and a wide range of social and economic factors. The substance of this report is drawn from the Institute of Education's Conference, "NEETs: what the research says," held in July 2009, which pooled much of the available research on the issue of NEETs in a single event. This report attempts to make the case for a more imaginative, supportive and personalised approach to the NEET problem. The report is timely in the light of the Transfer Funding changes, which increase local authorities' responsibility for the 14-19 phase, and because of the present economic situation. Unemployment will impact disproportionately on unskilled young people new to the labour market, although a wider range of young people will find themselves in the NEET category even after university. The disruption of employment opportunities and, for some young people, a descent into unskilled and unlicensed labour markets is likely to exacerbate the level of disengagement from the education and employability systems. This will require a robust local and regional response based upon evidence regarding the true nature and causes of the problem. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Learning and Skills Network