The Youth Contract in Wakefield District is showing very promising results with young people not in education, employment or training down from 13.1% in April 2009 to its current level of 5.1%.

The Youth Contract is the Government’s programme designed to help those young people aged 16 or 17 who are not currently in education, employment or training (affectionately known as NEETs), to re-engage with the Connexions service (the National Careers Service) and thus into some form of education, employment or training.

The Youth Contract was established by the Government during the early part of 2012 and Nova has been contracted by Prospects, who have the contract to deliver the Connexions service, which includes the Youth Contract, in Wakefield District since September 2012.

Prospects has just published the latest data as at November 2013 and the figures for Wakefield are extremely impressive. Here are some highlights:

  • NEET young people has reduced from 13.1% in April 2009 to 5.1%, the lowest ever figure
  • Young People whose position is unknown, effectively “underneath the radar”, is 2.7%, which compares very favourably with Yorkshire at 9.3% and England at 11.1%
  • Young People engaged in Learning is 85.8%, higher than Yorkshire at 81.4% and England at 79.5%

These figures clearly demonstrate the excellent work that is being done to engage with young people, offer them mentoring support and assist them in achieving their aspirations. Nova presently has contracts with 10 of our members, spread throughout the District, to ensure that specialist support is available to these young people, within their local area.