The City Council has hosted its first ever conference to look at bringing down the number of young people in Plymouth who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).
Partners from right across the education and training sector were invited to the conference to go through a series of action planning workshops to try and look at ways to reduce the number of young people who are not in education, employment or training.
Reducing the number of young people who are NEET and increasing participation in Post-16 education and training has been a major ambition for the Council along with its key partners for several years.
There are currently 453 young people in Plymouth who are NEET, a reduction of 16 per cent compared to the same time last year. While these figures are low there are still a significant proportion of those who are facing barriers to engagement and re-engagement due to issues such as learning difficulties or disabilities.
For many of these young people, providers and support agencies need to develop more bespoke or tailored programmes with greater elements of mentoring, support and guidance.
Leader of Plymouth City Council Tudor Evans opened the conference and said: “We are committed to making sure that every young person in Plymouth has the chance to achieve their full potential and is able to achieve in life. Unfortunately we know that some young people are still falling through the cracks.
“We cannot address all the issues we face alone so by hosting this conference we are able to bring our partners together, to try and develop solutions to providing the opportunities. These opportunities will then enable all our young people to progress successfully through Post-16 learning into the world of work or higher education. We are creating more jobs and opportunities in Plymouth for our young people because we are determined that no child should be left behind.”