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'One in six' young people NEET

More than a million young people in the UK are not in school, work, or training, according to new figures.

In total, around one in six 16 to 24-year-olds are considered NEET - not in education, employment or training - although the numbers are falling, according to data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Of those who were NEET, more than half were looking or available for work and were classed as unemployed.

The figures showed that overall, between July and September, 1.07 million young people were NEET, down 28,000 compared to the same point a year before, and down 19,000 from the previous three months.

It means that around 14.9% of all 16 to 24-year-olds were NEET, down 0.2 percentage points on April to June and down 0.3 percentage points on the year before.

The figures also show that rising numbers of NEETs were considered to be unemployed.

Around 55% of NEETs - 594,000 young people - were available and looking for work, which meant they were classed as unemployed, an extra 9,000 youngsters compared to April to June, and an additional 29,000 compared to a year earlier.

The remaining 45% were either not looking for or not available for work.

Skills minister Matthew Hancock said: "I welcome today's figures from the ONS which show that in the UK there are almost 30,000 fewer 16 to 24-year-olds who are NEET than there were over the same period last year.

"We are determined to do more to prepare young people for the world of work.

"We are expanding apprenticeships, introducing traineeships and working to give everyone the skills, confidence and experience demanded by employers."


From Belfast Telegraph