18 December 2012
Intervene early to stem the tide of young unemployed, experts agree
Tapping into what makes youngsters tick at primary school level, and at key stages 3 and 4, to help prevent them dropping out at a later stage is emerging as a key area of consensus for tackling the problem of the one million young people in the UK who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).
This was one of the outcomes from a seminar hosted last week by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), which brought together a wide panel of experts from across education, employment and local government, as well as from organisations that help young people into work.
The guests, including representatives from the Education Employers Task Force, the Association of School and College Leaders, careers experts, the Local Government Association, Exeter University, Learning to Work and the Principal of East Berkshire College, centred on emerging findings from NFER’s From Education to Employment research, offered perspectives on:
The emerging understanding that work to encourage engagement of young people needs to start early
The importance of all education providers working together for the benefit of young people
The generic understanding of employability skills and how a common view is important
The critical role of high quality work experience
The crucial part that employers can play in inspiring young people and offering a view on the world of work
The role of brokers working at a local level with schools, colleges and employers.
Tami McCrone, senior research manager at NFER, said: “This seminar provided a valuable opportunity to share our findings with experts and to hear their insights into the challenges and barriers that exist for young people.
“There are also some great examples of small-scale and often locally based activities that are making a real difference. We hope to capture and evaluate some of these in the next stage of our research so we can provide evidence-based information and guidance that can be more widely adopted for the benefit of young people, by those tasked with supporting them through education and training, including employers.”
The discussion can be viewed in full at www.nfer.ac.uk/eepr
Note to editors:
The NFER Research Programme has been developed by NFER to focus on important, undeveloped research areas within education where NFER feels that its research skills and depth of subject expertise will be able to create lasting impact and benefit to improve the education and well being of young people. The first theme of From Education to Employment examines approaches that could help the one million plus young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) carve a route through education to meaningful and sustainable employment. Seewww.nfer.ac.uk/research-programme
This builds on NFER research carried out in 2009 which presented a ‘segmentation’ analysis identifying three discrete sub-categories of NEET young people aged 16-17: Read more here...