Nick Boles launches scorecard to help reduce NEET levels

Skills Minister Nick Boles and the Department of Education have launched a new scorecard that aims to tell the public how good their local area is at getting young people into further education and apprenticeships.

The scorecards will rate councils’ performance in a number of areas – including how well they are tracking young people’s (16-19 year olds) activity – against the national average, helping them identify where they can improve and ensuring the public can better hold them to account.

Currently available for the next 6 months, the scorecards will be available every summer if the trial period proves successful. The cards are part of the government’s aim to reduce youth unemployment and to gain 3m new apprentices by 2020.

The number of 16 to 24 year-olds not in education, employment or training (NEET) is at its lowest level in over 10 years. June shaped up to be a record breaking month for low levels of youth unemployment, with 52,000 fewer young people NEET since 2011.

Local authority data is also included in the scorecards to give people an insight into

The scorecard provides information about young people’s participation and attainment in education, employment or training in each local authority.

The scorecard:

  • Allows local authorities and their partners to monitor their own performance and compare it with that of others.
  • Aims to put the local authorities’ NEET figures into context by setting them alongside a range of other related information.

Grantham and Stamford MP Nick Boles commented on the scorecards:

‘‘With recent figures showing record lows in the number of young people not in education, employment or training, it is clear that our economic plan is working.’’

‘‘But we know there is more to do, and the annual NEET scorecards will prove a highly effective tool in delivering our commitment to helping young people reach their potential.’’