The number of young people not in education, employment or training – NEETs – is declining across the United Kingdom, according to a report release on Tuesday this week.
Yesterday, the Office for National Statistics published a report stating that in the period from July to September this year, the number of NEETs in the UK had reduced significantly by 142,000 from the same time the previous year.
There has been a steady but notable drop in the number of young people who are not in education, employment or training since mid-2011.
Falling unemployment rates among people aged 16-24 have come as the effects of new apprenticeships, which I have fought for, are starting to take hold.
Roughly 3000 young people have been taken on as apprenticeships over the last 4 years in my constituency of Bermondsey and Old Southwark, and a remarkable 6000 in the Borough of Southwark more broadly.
These are local young people now have the chance to earn up to £117,000 more over their lifetime. It goes beyond the financial benefits too though. By helping young people into work and training, it means they are encouraged to turn away from crime and anti-social behaviour, and become productive members of society instead.
It is important that young people in our area do not feel left behind, which is why I will continue to fight for more local apprenticeships and more investment in education from cradle to college. I am also running an employment workshop tonight from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Beormund Community Centre, where people can come along and get professional employment advice.
I am clear that our young generation should have a future to look forward to; one in which they can realise their full potential. The ONS report released on Tuesday shows that while we are making progress, there is still work to do.
I will always fight for young people and employment, I will always fight for the residents of our local area.