Hartlepool winning battle to get more young people into employment, education or training

Skills minister Nick Boles.
Skills minister Nick Boles.

The percentage of young people who are economically or educationally inactive has fallen in Hartlepool, according to new figures.

At the end of 2014, Hartlepool had 5.6% of young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) – which is above the national average of 4.7%.

But it is a drop from the previous year when 7.8% of the 16 to 24 age group were NEET in the town.

The figures have been released just a day after the Mail revealed a huge reduction in youth unemployment from 17% to just 4.5% in less than three years.

It comes as a new at-a-glance scorecard that shows the public how well councils in the North East are doing getting young people into education, employment or training is being launched by Skills Minister Nick Boles.

The scorecards will rate councils’ performance in a number of areas – including how well they are tracking young people’s activity – against the national average, helping them identify where they can improve and ensuring the public can better hold them to account.

The number of 16-24 year-olds NEET is at its lowest level in a decade, while official figures released in June showed the lowest rate of 16-18 year-olds NEET since records began, with 52,000 fewer young people NEET since 2011.

Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “With recent figures showing record lows in the number of young people not in education, employment or training, it is clear that our economic plan is working.

“But we know there is more to do, and the annual NEET scorecards will prove a highly effective tool in delivering our commitment to helping young people reach their potential.”