School leavers’ futures more certain as NEET figures remain low in Nottingham

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Figures out this week show over 96% of post-Year 11 students in Nottingham have gone into education, employment or training.

With just 78 young people across the city showing as not in education, employment or training (NEET), the number continues to sit at an all time low. There are just 15 young people across the city whose position is not yet known; a testament to the outstanding work Futures undertakes to support people during some of the most challenging transitions in their lives.

Nottingham has some of the lowest numbers of young people classified as NEET and ‘not knowns’ (those whose outcomes are unknown) in the country.

The city is served by Futures Advice, Skills and Employment, an Ofsted rated ‘outstanding’ provider, which provides careers guidance and support to young people across Nottingham and the wider region. For those young people who haven’t yet found themselves an opportunity after leaving school, there’s still plenty of chance to find the option that’s right for them.

Futures is holding its annual What Next Careers and Opportunities Fair on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th October at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Bilborough. Aimed at 15 to 19 year-olds, their families and friends, the event is free to attend from 4.15pm to 8pm on both evenings. Over 1500 students will also attend the event with their school during the day.

Councillor Sam Webster, Portfolio Holder for Business, Education and Skills at Nottingham City Council, said: “The latest figures show that Nottingham City Council and its community partners are having a positive impact on reducing the number of 16 to 18 year olds who are not in education, employment or training in the city. It’s important that we keep working hard to give local young people opportunities to find out about the jobs market and help them prepare for the transition from education into the world of work. Events like this play a vital role in helping us do this.

“Nottingham’s continued growth creates a dynamic jobs market and I am encouraged to see that Nottingham Jobs are working with local employers and schools to give young people the skills and confidence they need to participate fully in this and thrive in their chosen careers. The City Council will continue to invest in independent, impartial careers and employment support for young people."