Youth unemployment in Northamptonshire meets low target

Connexions offer support for youth employment
Connexions offer support for youth employment

Youth unemployment in Northamptonshire has reached its annual target for the 10th time, a careers advice group has said.

Connexions Northamptonshire has announced that youth unemployment in the county has reached its target of only 5.7 per cent for the number of 16-18 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Councillors have welcomed the report by Connexions, who provide a targeted employment support service on behalf of Northamptonshire County Council. as a positive sign for boosting youth employment across the county.

The group’s analysis of Northamptonshire this year, measured as an average between November and January, counted 17,427 16-18 year olds in education, 3,783 in employment, 381 in training and 1,050 NEET and available for work.

Only a further 270 were counted unavailable to work.

Helen Aird, Head of Service at Connexions Northamptonshire, said: “We are extremely proud in achieving the NEET target for the tenth consecutive year.

“This year’s target is a great achievement in light of the challenging economic conditions and despite Department for Education changes in the recording of NEET data.

“This is positive news for the county’s young people and crucial as we move towards Raising of the Participation age to 18 in 2015.”

Northamptonshire cabinet member for learning, skills and education, Matt Golby, said: “It’s fantastic to see we are achieving results in this crucial area across Northamptonshire.

“It is extremely important we continue to aspire to meet and exceed the target again by giving all of our 16-18 year olds every possible opportunity to succeed in education or the workplace.

“We’ve invested in some outstanding new education facilities around the county in recent years, including new further education college campuses in Northampton and Corby, two new academies in Kettering and our new University Technical Colleges in Daventry and Silverstone.”

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