Thousands more young people in the North East not in education, employment or training

Stephen TwiggNew figures released today show that 4,000 additional young people in the North East are now not in education, employment or training when compared to the last quarter. Statistics from the Department for Education show that 70,000 18-24year olds (21.2%) are now classed as "NEETs", that's compared to 66,000 in the second quarter of the year. 

Nationally, the level of young people not in education, employment or training has increased by 184,000. 

Responding to the figures Stephen Twigg MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary said: 

“Today’s figures on the numbers of young people not in education, employment and training are nothing short of shocking. Nearly one in five young people are now out of work, training or education – the highest since records began.  

 “This is a generation that is being left on the shelf by this Tory-led Government. By axing the Future Jobs Fund, scrapping Educational Maintenance Allowances and trebling tuition fees, they are kicking away the ladders of opportunity for so many of our young people.

 “It is extremely worrying that just in the last quarter there are an extra 184,000 young people out of education, employment and training. Not only is this a shocking waste of these young people’s talents and skills, it is a massive drain on the country. It is no wonder the government will miss its own deficit reduction targets. 

 “It is simply not good enough for ministers to give excuses, or say unemployment is merely a distraction. We need action now to get people into work."

Stephen Twigg continued: 

“With 70,000 young people in the North East not in employment, education or training, now more than ever the region needs Labour’s five point plan for jobs and growth which will create 100,000 new jobs for young people through a repeat of the bank bonus tax.”  

ENDS

Editor's notes

1. Full set of NEET statistics available here: http://www.education.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/STR/d001040/index.shtml