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Links with employers help reduce number of people who are NEET

The more contact young people have with employers, the less likely they are to end up NEET – not in education, employment or training, according to research.

The Education and Employers charity found that young people were 86% less likely to be NEET if they had undertaken four ‘employer engagement activities’ compared to those who had not undertaken any.

The survey of 1,744 young British adults aged 19-24 found that former students of independent and grammar schools were able to recall greater levels of employer engagement than their counterparts from comprehensive schools. The research added however that this gap is closing.

The study found that:

  • most young people educated in the state sector think that their schools prepared them poorly for adult working life
  • young adults who experienced a greater volume of school-mediated employer engagement feel better prepared for the adult working world

“Access to school-mediated employer engagement is not fairly distributed,” the research said. “Arguably those with the greatest need for employer engagement within education commonly received it least.”

The report added: “Young adults would have welcomed greater preparation for the working world from their schools and colleges – with greatest demand from young women and adults from disadvantaged backgrounds and greatest demand for practical information and job-finding skills.”

Education and Employers runs the Inspiring the Future scheme, which connects state schools and colleges with employers and people from the world of work.

A recent speech by Robert Halfon, the Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, said more needs to be done to address the quality and consistency of careers provision in schools and colleges in England.

ASDAN’s Careers and Experiencing Work Short Course helps prepare young people for the world of work as well as accrediting work placements. This flexible, internally moderated programme accredits 10-60 hours of activities. Aimed at young people of all abilities, mainly aged 13-19, the course includes modules on:

  • Career exploration
  • Considering higher education
  • Considering apprenticeships
  • Preparing for the workplace
  • Being at work

For course advice, please call 0117 941 1126 or email programmes@asdan.org.uk

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