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Young People: Easington

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many 16 to 18-year-olds in Easington constituency were not in education, employment and training at the most recent date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (165903)

The Department’s estimate of the number and proportion of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) cannot be disaggregated to local level. However, information collected by the Connexions Service indicates that there were around 2,060 16 to 18-year-olds NEET in County Durham at the end of 2006. This information is not available for Easington constituency.

We are committed to ensuring that more young people remain in education and training beyond the age of 16 to ensure that they have the skills they need to prosper in a changing economy. Significant progress is being made; 78.1 per cent. of 16-year-olds are in full-time education, a rise of 6 percentage points in 3 years. But, we must focus in particular on young people not in work or learning, and announced on 5 November a range of measures to reduce sharply the proportion NEET. Together with the Education and Training, and Youth Matters reforms, these will make a significant reduction in the proportion of young people NEET and put us on the pathway to ensuring that all young people participate in education or training up to the age of 18.