Performance data is collected in respect of young people aged 16 to 18 years not in education, employment or training (NEET). The most recent information that we have is for the county as a whole and its 12 constituent districts for the period between November 2015 and January 2016.
• 4.8% of Lancashire-12's 16 to 18 year olds were categorised as NEET, which was higher than the national rate (4.2%) and similar to the regional rate (4.8%).
• Within the county's 12 districts, the proportion of 16 to 18 year olds who are NEET varies significantly from 1.9% in Ribble Valley to 7.3% in Preston. The proportions in the neighbouring unitary authorities are 6.4% in Blackpool and 5.7% in Blackburn with Darwen.
• Six of Preston's wards are within Lancashire-12's top ten wards with the highest proportion of NEET for the period between November 2015 and January 2016, with the district's University ward recording the largest percentage (23.4%). Two of the ten wards are in Lancaster, one is in the Fylde and one in Ribble Valley.
• The number (1,807 down from 1,887) and proportion of NEET (4.8% down from 5.0%) in Lancashire-12 dropped when compared to the same period in the previous year.
• The percentage of 16 to 18 year olds in education, employment and training (EET) fell in two-thirds of Lancashire-12's districts, with proportions ranging from 78.0% in Rossendale, to 97.2% in Ribble Valley.
• A number of initiatives are taking place to tackle NEET across the Lancashire-12 area. Details are contained within the full report, which can be downloaded below.
The full report, which contains data tables, graphs, additional analysis and details on initiatives to tackle the number of young persons who are NEET, can be downloaded below. The Department for Education website provides statistics on NEET and local data has been provided by the Wellbeing, Prevention and Early Help Service (Young People's Service) for recent years.
Page updated August 2016