Record numbers dropping out

New figures released show that the number of young people dropping out of school and not finding a job is at a record high. Over the past year, the number of people aged 18-24 and considered “Neets” – not in education, employment or training has risen by 100,000, taking the total to 835,000.


This group of people desperately need to be encouraged to make changes to their lives as the longer they stay out of education and work, the more likely they are to become long term unemployed.


The government claims that it is doing everything it can to ensure that these people are offered ways out of their situation, however, many believe that this is not enough.


Mr Darling, who is standing in for Gordon Brown during his holiday, said: “It’s very important that we help young people get back into work or into training.

“At the end of last year we had record numbers of young people in education and training.

“We will, this September, be able to guarantee 16 and 17-year-olds education or training.

“And from the beginning of next year we will be able to guarantee people who have been out of work for a year either a job, training or further education.

“All of that is important so we don’t repeat the mistakes that were made 20 years ago where a whole generation of people were lost.

“We are determined that will not happen again.”


At Debt Doctors Foundation UK, we have a specialised money education programme aimed at those not in education, training or employment and these figures clearly highlight that the need to specific initiatives targeted at this group is rising dramatically.

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