Not in education, employment or training (NEET)

16 to 17 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEET)

Performance data is collected in respect of young people aged 16 to 17 years not in education, employment or training (NEET).  The most recent information that we have is for the county (Lancashire-12) as a whole and its 12 constituent districts for the period between November 2016 and January 2017.

Please note that Lancashire's counting methodology changed in September 2016. Before then, all 16-18 year olds were counted, however since September 2016, only 16-17 year olds have been counted.

Key points for the Lancashire-12 area, November 2016 to January 2017

  • 5.0% of Lancashire-12's 16 and 17 year olds were categorised as NEET, which was higher than the regional rate (3.2%) and the national rate (2.7%).
  • Within the Lancashire-12 area, the proportion of 16 and 17 year olds who are NEET varies significantly from 2.0% in Ribble Valley to 8.2% in Preston.  The proportions in the neighbouring unitary authorities are 5.0% in Blackpool and 3.1% in Blackburn with Darwen.
  • Five of Preston's wards are within Lancashire-12's top ten wards with the highest proportion of NEET for the period between November 2016 and January 2017, with the Preston ward of University recording the largest percentage (16.4%).  The remainder of the top ten comprises of one ward each in South Ribble, Burnley, Hyndburn, Rossendale and Lancaster. 
  • The number of NEET (1,640 down from 1,807) in Lancashire-12 dropped when compared to the same period in the previous year, however the proportion of NEET increased (5.0% up from 4.8%).
  • The percentage of 16 and 17 year olds who are NEET rose in two-thirds of Lancashire-12's districts, with the exceptions to this being Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster and Wyre.
  • The percentage of 16 to 17 year olds in education, employment and training (EET) increased in most of Lancashire-12's districts (only falling in Burnley, Ribble Valley and West Lancashire), with proportions ranging from 84.5% in Burnley to 94.0% in Ribble Valley.

The Department for Education website provides statistics on young persons who are NEET. Local data has been provided by the Child and Family Well-being Service (Young People's Service) for recent years. 

Children and young people dashboard

The children and young people dashboard created as part of the Neighbourhood JSNA, now includes district and ward level data for KS2/ KS4/ Pupil Absence/ Exclusions/ NEET. This resource can be accessed here.

Further data analysis and information

Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), Nov 2016 to Jan 2017 (PDF 745 KB)

 Page updated December 2017