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Economic Resilience

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Introduction

Young people not in employment, education or training (NEET) are some of the most vulnerable as their chances for entering the labour market diminishes the longer they are inactive.

Facts and Figure

When considering those not in employment, education or training, young people are defined as those between the age of 16 and 18. There are up to 500 NEET young people at peak periods in the school year - just after summer term ends. This typically reduces sharply by the start of the school year to around 350. Overall the proportions of young people who are NEETs throughout the year is reducing by a small amount but at 7.2% is still higher than the England level of 5.3%.

Figure 1: Percentage of young people in Blackpool Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)

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Source: Blackpool Council

The largest proportion of NEET young people in Blackpool originate from central wards, particularly Claremont and Talbot. Other wards which are more deprived, such as Park and Clifton also have higher numbers of NEET. Figure 2 shows the proportion of young people NEET in north, central and south Blackpool.

Figure 2: Percentage of young people Not in Education, Employment or Training across Blackpool

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Source: Blackpool Council

Groups Vulnerable to becoming NEETs

Reasons for becoming NEET vary, but vulnerable groups such as teenage mothers, care leavers and young offenders are at greater risk. While the extent to which these groups become active in the labour market once they exit from the NEET age group (age 16-18 years) is not known, this data can give some indication of the annual flows.

Over the last 2 years, on average, there have been:

    • 60 teenage mothers not in employment, education or training
    • 20 young offenders not in employment, education or training
    • 20 care leavers not in employment, education or training
    • 10 known to after care not in employment, education or training

Figure 3: Vulnerable NEET groups not in Education, Employment or Training

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Source: Blackpool Council