The number of young people in Coventry not accessing further education, employment or training is falling.
Every local authority must report on the number of 16-17-year-old NEETs (young people not engaged in any form of further education, employment or training) as well as the number not known (young people resident in the area but whose current activity is unknown).
For Coventry the combined figure of young people NEET and not known for 2019 is 5.4%, compared to 6.8% in 2017. 5.4% equates to 390 young people.
Coventry’s figure is better than England which, in 2019, is 5.5%.
It is also better than Coventry’s statistical neighbours’ figure which is currently 6.7%. This is an important comparison as the city’s statistical neighbours are made up of local authorities with similar socio-economic characteristics.
Cllr Kevin Maton, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “As a Council we place huge importance on addressing skills shortages, raising the aspirations of our young people and making sure we have the support in place to help them achieve their goals.
“I’m very pleased our combined figure for NEET and not known is improving and I know lots of work is taking place to ensure that it continues to fall. It is vital for a successful and aspirational city to support its young people and make sure none fall through the gaps.”
The Council works with Prospects to provide careers advice and information for young people and support them as they move into further education, training or employment.
They also work closely with children in years 11, 12 and 13 who might be at risk of becoming NEETs.