Inspiring Change addresses complex issues faced by individuals who are classified as NEET to target their greatest barriers to sustained engagement.

We have developed a strong track record for reducing the proportion of 16-25 year old population in Rotherham, Barnsley, Sheffield, Waltham Forest and Hackney 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;

  1. disrupted compulsory schooling;
  2. poor engagement with school towards the end of their compulsory education;
  3. left compulsory schooling with low or no qualifications;
  4. 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.