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Young People: Employment

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of people who left school in each region of England and Wales in 2007 (a) have secured full-time employment, (b) have secured part-time employment, (c) are on a training scheme and (d) are unemployed. (219926)

Estimates of the number and proportion of 16-year-olds (that is, those in the academic year immediately following completion of compulsory education) participating in full-time education for each region in England at the end of 2007 are shown in the following tables, based on the Department's principal participation estimates, published in a Statistical First Release (SFR). Estimates from the Labour Force Survey from the first quarter of 2008 have then been applied to the SFR figures in order to estimate the number and proportion not in full-time education in (a) full-time employment, (b) part-time employment, (c) Government employment and training programmes, and (d) not employed. Participation rates for Wales are a matter for the Welsh Assembly.

Activity of young people of academic age 16 at end 2007,(Percentage)s

Full-time education

Full-time employment

Part-time employment

Government employment and training programme1

Not employed

North East

74

8

3

7

9

North West

75

8

2

3

13

Yorkshire and Humberside

72

12

3

3

11

East Midlands

74

10

5

1

10

West Midlands

77

7

1

3

12

Eastern

79

8

3

0

10

London

87

2

1

2

8

South East

82

6

4

0

9

South West

78

6

6

1

10

England

78

7

3

2

10

Activity of young people of academic age 16 at end 2007, (Number)

Full-time education

Full-time employment

Part-time employment

Government employment & training programme1

Not employed

Population

North East

24,600

2,800

900

2,200

3,000

33,500

North West

70,800

7,600

1,700

2,500

11,900

94,500

Yorkshire and Humberside

49,500

8,300

1,800

1,800

7,800

69,200

East Midlands

43,200

5,700

2,900

700

6,100

58,600

West Midlands

57,300

5,000

900

2,200

8,600

74,000

Eastern

57,200

6,000

2,500

6,900

72.600

London

75,300

1,700

600

1,400

7,200

86,200

South East

88,900

6,400

4,000

9,500

108,800

South West

52,400

3,700

3,800

400

6,900

67,200

England

519,100

47,200

19,000

11,600

67,600

664,500

1 Note that young people on apprenticeships will be recorded as in full-time or part-time employment The Government employment and training programme category covers other work-based training and entry to employment.