lowest figures since records began for people not in education, employment or training

The department for business, innovation and skills (BIS) has revealed the lowest statistics since records began for people not in education, employment or training (NEET), with close to 900,000 people undertaking an apprenticeship between 2014 and 2015.

Promising figures

Statistics from the government department show that the proportion of 16-24 year olds in work or education of some kind has increased, especially between the months of July and September of this year.

This has had a major impact upon NEET levels, with BIS revealing falls across all age groups with the proportion of 16 to 24 year olds NEET down 1.6 percentage points (-103,000) compared to the same quarter last year.

The figures show:
■The proportion of 16 to 24-year-olds who were NEET had fallen by 1.6 percentage points to 13.8%, down 103,000 and at its lowest July to September rate since consistent records began in 2000
■The amount of 19 to 24 year olds NEET who were unemployed for more than 6 months also fell, by approximately 62,000
■19 to 24-year-olds who were NEET had fallen by 2.3 percentage points to 15.4%, down 92,000 to the lowest July to September rate since consistent records began in 2000.
■There are more people doing an apprenticeship than ever before with 871,800 in the 2014 to 2015 academic year.