Leicester reveals record lows of NEET youngsters

More 16 to 19-year-olds in Leicester than ever before have jobs, are in education or on training courses, figures show.

According to Leicester City Council, just 781 people in the age group (6.2 per cent) were not in education, employment or training (NEET) at the end of November last year – down from 6.4 per cent in 2014.

For Leicestershire, the proportion of the group classed as NEET had fallen from 3.3 per cent to 3.1 per cent.

Further to go

Changes to the education system in the county, compelling youngsters to stay in education or training at least part-time until they are 18, were credited for the encouraging numbers.

A spokeswoman for Leicester City Council said: “The trend is positive, but we’re not complacent. There is still more to do in making sure there is a good offer for young people, including more apprenticeships and traineeships.

“We work hard to ensure young people have a post-16 offer of employment, training or further education.

“For example, our Apprenticeship Hub gathers opportunities for young people all in one place, with bi-monthly ‘Hub 100’ events offering 100 jobs and 100 guaranteed interviews.”