Young Neets dropout rates edge up as EMA is scrapped
Published: 23rd Feb 2012 11:37:59
The proportion of 16- to 18-year-olds not in education, employment or training (Neet) rose slightly when the education maintenance allowance scheme was scrapped, official figures show.
Some 178,000 youngsters were classed Neet in the last quarter of 2011 - up one percentage point on the same period of 2010.
The figures for England coincide with the axing of the EMA for new starters.
A government spokesman said £1bn was being spent on tackling the issue.
He added: "The number of young people who are not in education, employment or training has been too high for too long - we are determined to bring the numbers down.
"We are making sure that young people have the skills they need to get ready for work - creating the biggest apprenticeships programme our country has ever seen and overhauling vocational education, so all employers can be confident about the rigour of our qualifications."
But James Mills, head of Save EMA campaign, said: "Today's sad news that the number of Neets is up is further proof that scrapping the EMA was a massive mistake by this government.
"Previous final quarter figures have shown a steady decline in the number of Neets and are indicative proof that EMA worked.
"By scrapping EMA this government is creating a lost generation of young people and these figures are proof that there is now a growing invisible army of teenagers who have been cut loose by this government's decision to scrap EMA."
EMA was paid 16- to 18-year-olds on lower incomes to encourage them to stay in education.
But ministers said it was an inefficient and ineffective scheme, and replaced it with a "more targeted" £180m Bursary Fund, which is at the discretion of colleges and schools.
Overall, the latest figures show 958,000 young people aged 16 to 24 are not in school, work or training in the final quarter of 2011. That is one in six 16- to 24-year-olds.
It compares to the nearly one in five or 1,163,000 young people in this age group that were considered out of education, employment or training in the third quarter of 2011.
But historically Neet figures are very much seasonally affected by the academic year and are always at their highest over the summer holidays.
The IPPR think tank said its analysis showed the Neet figures for 2011 as a whole were the worst since records began in 2000.
At 22:04:58 in SportSir Bradley Wiggins says he will not ride the Tour de France again after telling the BBC that road racing is "cut-throat" with "no kind of loyalty".
At 21:56:45 in SportOn another sun-buttered day in Glasgow, it was the only grey cloud in the sky: the announcement that double Olympic champion Mo Farah was pulling out of the Commonwealth Games .
At 21:53:33 in SportSwimmer Jazz Carlin says she is not too disheartened despite finishing sixth in the women's 200m freestyle final at the Commonwealth Games.
At 21:49:34 in BusinessAmazon has reported a loss of $126m (£74m) in the second quarter and warned that sales could slow in the current quarter.
At 21:42:42 in SportIf you're not going to be the best, then at least try to be the first. Because by being the first, you might at least inspire somebody else to be the best.
At 21:42:39 in SportRoss Murdoch broke the Commonwealth Games record as he easily beat fellow Scot Michael Jamieson to claim gold in the men's 200m breaststroke final.
At 21:40:03 in EnglandPolice have identified 80 potential victims of physical and sexual abuse at five children's care homes in Nottinghamshire.
At 21:34:30 in SportTyson Fury says he will not fight heavyweight rival Dereck Chisora after the Londoner pulled out of their bout on Saturday through injury.
At 21:10:31 in EnglandA woman has said she fears for her family's safety after she was bitten by her neighbour's dog which had escaped into her garden as she sunbathed.
At 21:07:23 in EnglandA huge blaze has destroyed crops in a field on Salisbury Plain.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Young Neets dropout rates edge up as EMA is scrapped [Online] (Updated 23rd Feb 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/931088/Young-Neets-dropout-rates-edge-up-as-EMA-is-scrapped [Accessed 24th Jul 2014]
News In Other Categories
Taxpayers could be hit with a bill for up to £700m after the government reportedly lost a legal battle with Fujitsu over a failed NHS IT system.
Amazon has reported a loss of $126m (£74m) in the second quarter and warned that sales could slow in the current quarter.
A major fish kill in a County Armagh river is being blamed on pollution from farm waste, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) has said.
A drugs mule from Ayr has been jailed for three years after he admitted attempting to smuggle heroin worth almost £13,000 into Shetland.
A decision not to publish a document on the conclusions of a consultation on the planned M4 relief road has been criticised.
With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com