Belfast Telegraph

Calls to address numbers of young not in education, employment or training

Around 1.3 million young people spend six months out of education, employment or training, a higher figure than government statistics, according to a new study.

Research by Impetus-PEF, a charity supporting disadvantaged young people, showed that more 16 to 24-year-olds were so called Neet than show up in official figures.

Chief executive Andy Ratcliffe said too many youngsters were "wasting " time not working or learning.

"This can have knock on effects for the rest of their lives, reducing their opportunities and earnings.

"So while we should celebrate the good news that the number of young people who are out of work or education has been falling in recent years, we need to make sure those young people who spend long periods Neet don't miss the party. "