Local authorities have statutory duties in relation to 16- to19-year-olds, including supporting those who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). They offer a variety of services for young people, sometimes through their own offices but also in partnership with other organisations. Their role is set out in the 'Statutory guidance'.
Funding for education and training provision for 16- to 19-year-olds is provided by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) who work with local authorities to ensure that there are sufficient, suitable places to meet the needs of young people. This helps to ensure that young people who are NEET have the opportunity to get the skills and qualifications that will help them to make a success of their lives.
Local authorities may also refer 16- and 17-year-olds who are NEET to the Youth Contract. This is aimed specifically at 16- and 17-year-olds with low qualifications, helping them to progress to sustained education, training or employment with training.
The Youth Contract builds on the lessons learned from 2 pilot initiatives, Activity Agreements and Entry to Learning, that tested different approaches to re-engaging young people who are NEET. Both pilots have been thoroughly evaluated and the findings can be found on GOV.UK. Providers can also use the 'Activity agreements and entry to learning summary report' when developing local programmes to support young people who are NEET.
One of the priorities of the European Social Fund (ESF) is to support projects for young people who are NEET. A range of activities, funded through ESF, are now available and local authorities should have details of projects in their area.
Young people, or their parents, who have questions about what is on offer in their area can speak to their local authority Children’s Services to discuss options.
At national level, the Department for Education works closely with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). BIS has a key role in raising skills levels and reducing the proportion of 18- to 24-year-olds who are NEET, while DWP leads on support to help unemployed 18- to 24-year-olds get back into work.
How the Youth Contract will support 16- to 17-year-olds who move into education, training or employment with training.
Statutory guidance for local authorities (LAs) on their duties relating to the participation of young people in education, employment or training.
Summary evaluation of the activity agreement and entry to learning pilots, highlighting the key features of the programmes, their impact, what has worked well and what has worked less well.
Information and advice on finding work, benefits and pensions.