Reduction of young people Not in Education, Employment or Training

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Monday, March 28th, 2016
Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry has welcomed the significant reduction in those young people Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET). farry17Official figures released for the period January – December 2015 indicate that the NEET rate in Northern Ireland has fallen from 18% to 13.8% and the youth claimant count figures have also been consistently falling. The NEET rate has fallen from 39,000 (Jan-March 2015) to 29,000 (Oct-Dec 2015). Commenting on the figures, Minister Farry said, “It is encouraging that for the last quarter the Northern Ireland NEETs rate for those aged 16-24 has reduced to 13.8% and 10,000 fewer young people are categorised as NEET. “The cross-Departmental ‘Pathways to Success’ strategy aims to reduce the number of NEET young people through specific measures to ensure that no-one is left behind and that we build opportunities for all our young people.” The Northern Ireland ESF Programme 2014-2020, entitled ‘Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme’, has two investment priorities to support young people aged 16 – 24 years Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET). The Minister continued, “Thirteen innovative ESF projects with a total funding value of £6.5million are working with young people in the NEET category across Northern Ireland.
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LearnSpark1“These projects provide support such as a one to one mentoring service, confidence building, training and work placements, education and careers advice, job search and support with job interviews to secure employment. “The Community Family Support Programme with a total funding value of £2.7million also supports families with a high level of need to develop their capacity to reach their full potential by addressing the employment, educational, training, health, social and economic issues that impact on their daily lives. “There are a range of options available to help young people including free Essential Skills courses, options for further and higher education and personal advice and support from careers and employment advisers. He added, “I would continue to encourage young people to take up the range of support available, to help them get the skills and training to gain employment or re-engage with education.”
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