Job training on up for youngsters in South Tyneside

Skills minister Nick Boles.
Skills minister Nick Boles.

South Tyneside Council’s record for getting its young people into education, employment or training is improving, new Department of Education statistics reveal.

In the borough six per cent of young people are Neet – Not in Education, Employment or Training – a figure above the national average of 4.7 per cent.

But the percentage of Neets has dropped from 8.3 per cent last year – and South Tyneside is performing better than some other neighbouring areas.

The scorecards, which cover the 16 to 19 age group, will be published every summer and are part of the Government’s ongoing drive to abolish youth unemployment and ensure all young people are either earning or learning.

They rate councils’ performance in a number of areas – including how well they are tracking young people’s activity – against the national average, helping them identify where they can improve and ensuring the public can better hold them to account.

Skills minister Nick Boles said: “With recent figures showing record lows in the number of young people not in education, employment or training, it is clear that our economic plan is working.”

The government has undertaken a number of reforms since 2010 to engage young people over the age of 16, including raising the age of participation in education or training to 18, improving the quality of vocational education so that it is increasingly seen as a proper alternative route and introducing traineeships to help young people into apprenticeships and other routes.