Cheshire East in top three in the UK for Neets

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Cheshire East has the third lowest level of young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs) in the UK.

The borough, which has consistently held the best figures across the North West region, now sits only behind Harrow London Borough Council and the Council of the Isles of Scilly in national government statistics.

The figures reflect a new government measure combining the Neet figure with what is referred to as the 'not known' figure.

Under the new measure, there are 2.2 per cent of Neets and 'not known' young people in Cheshire East, which compares to a national average of six per cent.

Cheshire East Council says their youth support service has played a key part in the success in achieving this record low level of Neet figures by working closely with colleges, employers and training providers to target support for those most in need through early intervention, enabling young people to gain the levels of skills and confidence needed to enter the employment market.

Councillor George Hayes, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for children and families said: "These new national figures are a great credit to the young people in the borough, who bring so much positive energy to our authority.

"I am also particularly thankful to those officers and partners who aid and promote this success.

"This council's commitment to give all young people the best start in life together with our drive and ambition will continue to push the economy forward, creating further opportunities both now and for many generations to come."

Young people must now stay in education, employment or training until they are 18. This means that each council has a responsibility to keep Neet levels low by the provision of youth support programmes.

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Brian Tickner
Tuesday 17th October 2017 at 12:49 pm
Well done Cheshire East.

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