Derbyshire sees drop in NEETs

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The number of so-called NEETs - young people ‘Not in Education, Employment or Training - has fallen in Derbyshire according to new figures.

Statistics released by the Department for Education yesterday show 4.8 per cent of 16 to 18 year-olds in the county could be classified as NEETs up to the end of 2013 - a drop of almost one per cent since the end of 2012 when the figure was 5.7 per cent.

Derbyshire County Council is now ranked joint 59th out of 151 local authorities nationally.

Coun Damien Greenhalgh, deputy cabinet member for children and young people, said: “New rules mean all young people need to stay in education or training until they’re 18 so I’m delighted that our work with them is having a positive impact.

“Given the current economic climate, it’s never been more important for young people to get qualifications, skills and training to enable them to do well in the future.”

Derbyshire County Council supports young people by working with employers and training providers to offer more placements and training opportunities.

Staff also work with young people to develop their interview techniques, build their CVs and help to attend interviews.