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Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET)

Young people who are not in education, employment or training are at greater risk of a range of negative outcomes, including poor health, depression or early parenthood. The indicator is included to encourage services to work together to support young people, particularly the most vulnerable, to engage in education, training and work.

Under the Raising of the Participation Age agenda between 2013 and 2015 the Government has increased the age that all young people will continue in education or training from 17 years to 18. Since April 2017, the Not in Education, Employment, or Training (NEET) and not known figures are now reported individually and as a combined figure by the Department for Education (DfE).

From September 2016 DfE relaxed the requirement on authorities to track academic age 18-year-olds. They are now only required to track and submit information about young people up to the end of the academic year in which they have their 18th birthday i.e. academic age 16 and 17-year-olds.

According to annual figures published by the (DfE) the percentage of 16 and 17 year olds reported as NEET and not known (combined) for 2016 in Herefordshire was 6.5% with NEET at 3.3% and not known 3.2%.  Nationally, comparative figures were 6.0% combined (NEET 2.8% and not known 3.2%). Across the West Midlands region the figure was 7.3% (2.7% and 4.6%).