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Young People: Coventry

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people were not in education, employment or training in the Coventry local authority area in the last year for which figures are available. (118998)

[holding answer 7 February 2007]: There were an estimated 1,000 (9.1 per cent.) 16-18 year olds not in education, employment or training in the Coventry local authority area, averaged for the period November 2005 to January 2006.

This figure is drawn from the operational client management systems maintained by Connexions services. It only includes those people known to the service (about 85 per cent. of the population); some young people who attended independent schools or were at school outside England are excluded. The age relates to those of calendar year age 16-18 on the date of measurement.

This NEET measure is that used for setting and monitoring local authority NEET targets. The definition differs from that used to measure the national departmental PSA NEET target. Along with not covering the entire population, the Connexions NEET measure excludes those on gap years, or in custody. The PSA measure is for academic rather than calendar age 16-18.