Inspiring Change addresses complex issues faced by individuals who are classified as NEET to target their greatest barriers to sustained engagement. In terms of evidence to show that our project is needed in February 2015 Impetus PEF calculated that the annual cost to the public of Britain’s NEET challenge was £15bn per year and collectively these young people are estimated to loose £6.4bn in lifetime earnings as a result of their NEET status. In terms of statistics there are 13,400 (27.5% of total cohort) NEET’s aged 16-24 in Sheffield and 744,900 in Great Britain (17.1% of total cohort) (via Nomis on 15 May 2015). This data thus highlights that Sheffield has a significantly higher proportion of young people who are NEET than the national average; clearly identifying a need for targeted, intensive NEET provision in the Sheffield region to address this increasing challenge. We have developed a strong track record for reducing the proportion of South Yorkshires 16-18 year old population who were Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) after identifying a lack of mainstream provision to engage and retain a small, but significant, cohort of vulnerable young people who were furthest from the labour market.
This cohort invariably had;
- disrupted compulsory schooling;
- poor engagement with school towards the end of their compulsory education;
- left compulsory schooling with low or no qualifications;
- numerous unsuccessful attempts at accessing post 16 mainstream provision with a number of different providers.
YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. On their website Young Minds states: A third of young people not in education, employment or training have suffered from depression and 15 per cent have a mental health problem, according to a report published today by the University and College Union.
Nine out of ten NEETS want to work or be in education or training but one a third feel they have ‘no chance’ of ever getting a job. The UCU report found that 37 per cent of NEETS rarely leave the house and 40 per cent feel they have ‘no part in society’. However, more than 70 per cent say that with the right support they could contribute a lot to the country although they need help to boost their confidence and advice and information and advice about their options.