To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
(1) how many young people not in employment, education or training there were in Hampshire in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement;
(2) when he will answer question number 117373, on young people, tabled by the hon. Member for Basingstoke on 17 January 2007.
The following table gives the estimated number and percentage of 16 to 18-year-olds not in education, employment or training (NEET) in the South Central Connexions Partnership area in every year since 2002. The South Central area includes the local authorities of Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton.
|Estimated number and percentage of 16 to 18-year-olds in South Central Connexions Partnership area who were not in education, employment or training, November 2002-05|
These figures are drawn from the operational client management systems maintained by Connexions services. It only includes those people known to the service (about 85 per cent. of the population); some young people who attended independent schools or were at school outside England are excluded. The age relates to those of calendar year age 16-18 on the date of measurement.
This NEET measure is that used for setting and monitoring Connexions performance. The definition differs from that used to measure the national departmental PSA NEET target. Along with not covering the entire population, the Connexions NEET measure excludes those on gap years, or in custody. The PSA measure is for academic rather than calendar age 16-18.
The Department has a target to reduce the proportion of 16 to 18-year-olds NEET by 2 percentage points by 2010.
There is a close alignment between poor educational attainment pre-16 and the likelihood of becoming NEET between the ages of 16 and 18. Our 14-19 reforms are aimed at raising attainment levels, and ensuring that as many young people as possible remain in education and training up to the age of 18.
Youth Matters set out a series of reforms aimed at improving the way in which services work together to support young people particularly those most at risk of underachieving.