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#Prospects2014: More young people in Leicestershire in education, employment or training

11 December 2014


At the heart of what we do at Prospects is the drive to improve the life chances, skills and aspirations of everyone we support. This year we worked with more than 500,000 adults and young people, supporting them to achieve some great successes. In Leicestershire, new figures this summer showed that the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) had fallen to a record low.

The statistics revealed that the NEET level had fallen to less than three per cent - just 2.8% - the lowest figure ever reported in Leicestershire.

Prospects has delivered careers information advice and guidance (IAG) for young people aged 16-19 on behalf of Leicestershire County Council since October 2012. Since then we have exceeded tough targets set by the council, working with them to reduce numbers of young people who are classified as NEET.

Ivan Ould, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for children and families, said: “This is great news and means that even more young people are being supported on to the career ladder. Our NEET figures are one of the best in the country and I’m pleased that Prospects is continuing to drive down the numbers.”

Paul Welch, Prospects Operations Director for Leicestershire, said: “We’re delighted to have made such an impact on NEET figures, helping to improve the lives of young people around Leicestershire. Early intervention is highly effective in keeping young people engaged in education and training so Prospects also works with schools to support students highlighted as at risk of becoming NEET, and to help those with special educational needs. We are proud of our work in reducing NEET figures, and we are excited about improving on them in future, working with Leicestershire County Council to support more young people into rewarding, long-term careers.”

#Prospects2014 is part of our ongoing series, looking back at this year’s highlights. Follow us on Twitter (@ProspectsGroup) and join in the conversation.

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