Despite recent falls in the proportion of 16-18 year olds NEET, the number remains too high. That is why we are committed to supporting all 16 and 17 year olds to participate in education or training, and to raising the participation age to 18 by 2015.

We know that being NEET at this age is associated with negative outcomes later in life, including unemployment, reduced earnings, poor health and depression. These outcomes have a cost for both the individual and the economy, and we can not afford this waste of potential.

In this section, you will find more information about young people NEET, the support available to them, and the latest statistics.