Positive Outlook for Nottinghamshire School Leavers

21st November, 2018

The number of young people in Nottinghamshire who progress into education, employment or training after year 11 continues to rise.

The latest figures from across the county show that more than 98.2% of young people who have recently left year 11 have continued into further education, training or employment, leaving 1.7% as NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). Just 0.2% of Year 11 leavers’ status is currently ‘not known’- a true testament to the outstanding work Futures undertakes to support young people during some of the most challenging transitions in their lives.

Futures’ delivers the NEET Reduction service for both Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council, working intensively to help young people with the choice between continuing in education and moving into work with training. The initiative supports young people in secondary school to reduce the likelihood of them leaving school and becoming unemployed.

The figures come just a couple of weeks after the release of Nottingham City’s equally impressive results, which showed that 97.1% of Year 11 leavers have gone into education, employment or training and only 2.9% have not. Furthermore, there are zero ‘not knowns’ in the city.

Michelle Wright, Operations Director at Futures, said, “These figures are extremely encouraging and shows the amount of hard work and commitment from all of the NEET Coaches but we are already starting to work on improving connections within schools and will be seeking to improve our relationships over the coming year ready for next time.”

Councillor Philip Owen, Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee, said: “We are delighted that so many young people finishing Year 11 in 2018 made a successful transition in to education, training and employment. It is important for their future and our local economy that our young people continue in education to achieve the right skills and qualifications for their future careers and those that our local employers need.

“Through our ongoing partnership with Futures we are committed to ensuring young people who don’t make that transition easily and are not in education, employment and training get the support they need too, to give them the options they require to determine their future path.”

Futures are an Ofsted rated ‘outstanding’ provider, providing careers guidance and support to young people across the East Midlands and East of England.

If you have left school recently, or are approaching the end of year 11 and are not sure what your future holds, there’s still plenty of time to get in touch and find the right option for you.

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