Youth employment is a major concern facing UK society today. Next Steps has contributed significantly to our understanding of young people’s experiences of the labour market.
At age 19, 37 per cent of Next Steps study members were in employment, while 45 per cent were still in education. A further 4 per cent were in government-supported training, such as apprenticeships, and 14 per cent were not in education, employment or training (NEET).
A major focus of Next Steps has been to help researchers and policymakers understand the factors that affect young people’s entry into the labour market after they leave compulsory education, and why young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are most likely to become NEET.
Next Steps has shown that young people’s educational attainment at age 16 is the most important factor affecting whether they are in education, employment or training at age 18. In 2011, the government used these findings in their policy on tackling the root causes of youth unemployment. Find out more about how you’ve helped shape government policy.
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