More school leavers in Bradford are in jobs, training or learning in 2015 than in 2014. The figures, from Bradford Council, show record highs for young people in learning and an increase in the number of young people doing apprenticeships.
The results, taken on one single day each year, offer a snapshot into young people’s lives and enable a direct comparison to be made. The 2015 results show that across the district the not in employment, education or training (NEET) rate for last year’s school leavers is down from its low of 2% to only 1.6%. This is well below the latest national rate of 3.4% for young people aged 16-17 who were NEET between July and September 2015.
Further education colleges in Bradford have seen the greatest rise. Last year 2,073 young people went to college, this year that has grown by 300, with 2,365 young people studying at an FE college. Apprenticeships, which combine practical training in a job with study are up 40%. Apprenticeships offer young people a chance to gain specific skills through on the job training and study towards a qualification.
Bradford Council and Prospects, the education, employment and skills company, work together in partnership with schools and training providers making sure young people understand the options available to help them select their career pathway. Support is provided in school, at college and through Connexions Bradford offices in Keighley and Bradford. Making sure young people have the right information to make choices gives them the best chance to make the most of their education and gain the skills and knowledge they need in their future careers.
Jenny Cryer, Prospects Regional Director commented: “These figures demonstrate what a great city Bradford is for young people today, full of opportunities to succeed. Almost 6,000 young people are studying at sixth form, college, in training or apprenticeships, and less than 100 are NEET. However, we will continue to work closely with young people who are out of work or school, because we want every young person in Bradford to have the best future possible.”
Alona de Havilland
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