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Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what methodology his Department used to determine the number of people not in education, employment or training expected to start courses in January as part of the January Guarantee. (307324)

I have been asked to reply.

We are determined to ensure that every 16 and 17-year-old who is not in education, employment or training (NEET) is given an opportunity to engage in learning so that they can develop the skills they will need for the upturn. The January Guarantee will ensure that all 16 and 17-year-olds who are NEET in January 2010 have the offer of an entry to employment place.

Information provided by Connexions services shows that there were around 60,000 16 and 17-year-olds NEET in January 2009. Many of these young people will already have a job or a place in learning to start in January, while there are others whose personal circumstances will prevent a return to learning at this time.