Herefordshire Council’s approach to improving outcomes for young people is showing signs of success. Herefordshire young people are more likely than their counterparts in other areas of the west midlands to go into further education, employment or training when they leave school.
Recent data published by the Department for Education shows that of Herefordshire’s estimated 5715 16 to 18 year olds 93.6% were recorded in December 2013 as being in employment, education or training. The figures also show that Herefordshire had the lowest number of young people who are ‘unknown’ in the West Midlands, with only 4.9% (280) of young people whose activities after 16 are not known.
Herefordshire Council data also shows that 96.3% of 16 year olds are going into further education, employment or training when they leave school. This is higher than both the West Midlands and national averages.
Councillor Jeremy Millar, cabinet member for children’s wellbeing services, said:
“Understanding where our young people are with increased accuracy is really important and is allowing us to better target resources to those young people who are most in need of extra support.
“We are getting much better at encouraging our young people to make the most of the opportunities available to them and mentors have been assigned to provide information, advice and guidance to 16 year olds who we believe are particularly vulnerable. Making sure that our young people get a great start in life is a key priority for Herefordshire Council.”
Further details are available from the Department for Education: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/all-9-regions-of-england-see-fall-in-16-to-18-year-olds-neet