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Fewer East Lancs teenagers are dropping out without a plan
3:45pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
FEWER teenagers are dropping out of school without a job or training plan.
The latest figures show there has been a slight dip in the proportion of teenagers known a NEETs – not in education, employment or training.
Statistics for England between April and June, show the proportion of 16 to 18-year-olds who were NEET was 9.1 per cent. - 168,000 in total.
The figures show a drop of 1.4 per cent or 28,000 fewer than the same period in 2012.
The government hailed the rate for the second quarter of the year as the lowest for more than 10 years.
The Department for Education stressed there had been five consecutive quarters where the 16-24 age group rate was lower than it had been the year before.
Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said: "With GCSE results out, I am heartened to see the fall in the number of young people not in work, training or education.
"We are heading in the right direction, but one young person out of work, education or training, is one too many.
“That is why we are continuing to work hard to give young people the skills, confidence and experience demanded by employers and universities.
“Only then can we say we have done everything we can to ensure young people reach their potential and help us compete in the global race.”
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