Karen Tatham

Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Sociology and Social Policy

Wakefield – Minimising NEET: maximising opportunity and potential

PGR Placement

A priority group for Wakefield Council are young people, aged 16-24, who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). Covid-19 increases barriers for this group through disruption to education and training, and rising unemployment. Being NEET carries lifelong risks of poverty and unemployment. The transition to post-16 education and employment pathways is particularly challenging for some, for example, those with an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP). Limitations to the early identification of those at risk of becoming NEET, and fragmented early intervention services may contribute to these challenges.

The Local Authority wants to identify factors which support positive pathways.

This project will review and synthesise academic literature and national, local and LA comparison data, identifying ‘what works’ at a local level to reduce the risk of young people becoming NEET. Specifically considering:

  • Pathways to education and employment for young people with an EHCP
  • Identifying Pre-NEET – Careers Information and Guidance for young people at risk of NEET
  • The integration of early intervention for young people at risk of NEET
  • Employer support for education/training for young people at risk of NEET

Recommendations produced will inform the LA’s NEET Strategy, and positively affect economic and educational outcomes for young people who are at risk of NEET in Wakefield.