Saturday, January 31, 2009

Too many NEETs ...

NEET is an acronym for people not in employment, education, or training. It is bad news both for the people in this position themselves, and for society, if we have large numbers in this category, and a worrying sign that the number of NEETs is rising.

David Willetts has criticsed the Labour government for failing to take advantage of the economic boom years after it was revealed the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) has risen by nearly 100,000 since 2003.

New Government statistics show that the number of NEETs increased by 94,000 between 2003 and 2007 (the latest local authority sources), with almost half of local authority areas seeing a rise.

David, the Shadow Innovation, Universities and Skills Secretary, said, “These new figures show the scale of the problems facing young people all over the country, even before we entered the recession.”

He condemned Labour for doing so little to help NEETs during the good years – and stressed the figures highlighted the “complete failure” of Labour’s public policy:

“In particular, it is a failure of Gordon Brown’s bureaucratic education and training system, which is making the problem worse by forcing Further Education colleges to focus entirely on churning out paper qualifications.”

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