Most Hampshire school leavers secure place in further education or training (From Basingstoke Gazette)
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Hampshire County Council now trying to encouarge NEETs to follow their lead
THE vast majority of school leavers in Hampshire have secured a place in further education or an apprenticeship, new figures show.
Now Hampshire County Council are keen to encourage the 1,990 Hampshire teens not in education, employment or training (NEETs) to follow their lead by opening up 1,000 apprenticeships at the council.
More than 12,000, 94 per cent, of Hampshire’s school leavers are set to continue in education or take up an apprenticeship from September.
The county council has developed a range of support for 16 to 18-year-olds and have pledged to provide 1,000 apprenticeships over the next five years.
Apprenticeships will be advertised on the National Apprenticeship website and young people can register their interest in an apprenticeship scheme.
From September, the council is looking to recruit apprentices to train in areas such as engineering, business administration, information and communications technology, environmental and catering.
According to the Department for Education, Hampshire’s figures for the number of NEETs are better than national and regional averages.
Councillor Peter Edgar, executive member for education, said: “The number of young people not in education, employment or training is lower than many parts of the country and we are committed to reducing this further.”
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