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The number of NEETs is falling

The number of NEETs - young people not in employment, education or training - has fallen by 142,000 since last year, according to official figures.

The proportion of young people in this situation has continued to drop from a high of 16.9 per cent in 2011, to 13.1 per cent now.

But analysts warned that the positive trend 'masked' some underlying problems. Progress is being made thanks to the 'most employable' young people who are actively seeking work.

It's a different story for the half-a-million 'economically inactive' young people who have 'dropped out of the labour market', Ian Brinkley, chief economist at Lancaster University's Work Foundation said.

Young people in poverty

The news comes just as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation reported that young people are now among the most likely groups to be at risk of poverty.

While pensioner poverty has declined significantly, there has been an increase for people aged under 25.

To help young people into the labour market, many commentators argue that it is important to build on the quantity and quality of apprenticeships and improve the school-to-work transition.

Once young people find work, employers can do much to support them in the early stages of their careers, showing awareness of common worries and anxieties, and fostering confidence and a sense of self-worth.

Acas publications and services

Acas has published pdf icon Managing Future Talent - A guide for employers [1Mb], which aims to share good practice about how to create a workplace in which young employees can thrive.

The pdf icon Recruiting staff guide [360kb] has all you need to know about recruitment, selection and implementation of induction programmes.

Acas experts can visit your organisation and review your existing recruitment and induction procedures. See Recruitment and Retention: how Acas can help for more details.

Acas also offers practical training on Recruitment, based on its own guidance, taking you through the legal and best practice elements of fair and effective recruitment.

For free, impartial advice and guidance visit Acas Helpline Online.

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