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Date: 22 October 2014
We have an opportunity to solve a problem that has persisted for over a decade – the large number of young people Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEETs), and likely to remain so. Previous attempts to tackle this problem have been stymied in part by the fact that responsibility for tackling the issue is split between government departments.
If Cabinet appointments are made merely on current departmental lines, then the split responsibilities will remain. We recommend that the next Prime Minister appoint a Secretary of State to Make NEETs History, who will create and publish a five-year strategy and set of targets, to be updated annually with the goal of making NEETs history by the end of this Parliament.
The blueprint recommends an achievable and immediate strategy of action across four areas, which can have tangible results:
- improving school-to-work transitions
- focusing on high-quality further education and apprenticeships
- Tailoring job-search services for young people
- incentivising local authorities to make an impact