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Young people not in education, employment, or training, hits record low

Lambeth Council is among the best performing local authorities in the country for the work they do with young people not in education, employment, or training, latest figures reveal.

While the proportion of young people not in education, employment, or training (NEET), continues to rise across the country, Lambeth Council is bucking the trend. The numbers fell this year to average at about 300 over the winter months, hitting government targets.

Latest figures released by the Department for Children, Schools, and Families, show Lambeth Council’s Connexions Service has reduced the number of 16 to 18 year olds not in education or training to 7.6 per cent. The support service, which works closely with schools and colleges and other agencies across the borough, exceeded all expectations by smashing Government targets set for this year. Lambeth Connexions Service had been set the goal of reducing NEET targets to 8.1 per cent between January and December this year. However the team has managed to reduce this figure by January to 7.6 per cent.

The figures coincide with a report published by Ofsted, ‘Reducing the numbers of young people not in education, employment, or training: what works and why’, which examined the strategies, partnerships and activities employed by Lambeth Council which was singled out, among eleven other local authorities, as an example of best practice.

John Readman, Lambeth Council’s Divisional Director for Community Learning, said: “This is good news for Lambeth’s young people, and for Lambeth. Over the next few years the government is raising the participation in learning age. This means that by 2015 every young person up to the age of 18 will be expected to be either in school, college or in an apprenticeship. The fact that young people leaving Lambeth secondary schools are more likely to progress to education or training than pupils in any other inner London borough shows we are moving in the right direction – but there is still a long way to go.”

Christine Gilbert, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, added: “There is no typical young person who is ‘NEET’. Many social and personal reasons may lead to someone finding themselves in this situation, but this report is clear in showing what can be done to help young people with even the most complex needs into education, employment, and training. I hope local authorities and their partners learn from the examples featured in this report so that they can fully contribute to creating better life chances for all young people.”

Lambeth Connexions Centre boasts a wide range of services for young people, including: innovative and high quality information, advice and guidance, motivational courses, jobs and training advice, education guidance – including higher education, apprenticeships, enterprise, work experience opportunities, plus CV and interview advice.

For more information contact Lambeth Connexions on 020 7326 7642, alternatively visit www.centrallondonconnexions.org.uk.

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