The term NEET refers to young people who are Not in Employment Education or Training.
Local Authorities have statutory duties to support young people to participate in education employment or training which are set out in “Statutory Guidance on the Participation of Young People in Education Employment or Training” issued by the Department for Education in March 2013 and in the “Education and Skills Act 2008”
It is a requirement that local authorities have regard to the guidance when deciding how to organise and resource their service.
Duties on local authorities relating to Participation:
- Secure sufficient suitable education and training provision for all young people aged 16-19 and for those aged 20 to 24 with a Learning Difficulty Assessment in their area.
- Make available to young people aged 13-19 and those aged 20-24 with a learning Difficulty Assessment support that will encourage enable or assist them to participate in education or training.
- Ensure that its functions are (so far as they are capable of being) exercised so as to promote the effective participation in education or training of 16 and 17 year olds belonging to its area whom Part 1 of ESA 2008 applies (RPA Cohort), with a view to ensuring that those young people fulfil the duty to participate in education or training.
- Make arrangements to enable it to establish (so far as it is possible to do so) the identities of young people belonging to its area to whom Part 1 of ESA 2008 applies but who are failing to fulfil the duty to participate in education or training.
The following responsibilities relate to local authorities’ existing duty under Section 68 of ESA 2008 and applies to all young people aged 13-19 and those aged 20-24 with a Learning Difficulty Assessment.
- Collect information to identify young people who are not participating, or who are at risk of not doing so, to target their resources on those who need them most. The information collected must be in the format specified in the Client Caseload Information System (CCIS) Management Information Requirement.
- Have arrangements in place to confirm young people’s current activity at regular intervals. This may be through exchange of information with education and training providers and other services as well as direct contact with young people.
Local Authorities have a statutory duty to provide a monthly return to the Department for Education showing the current activity of all young people in the academic years 12 to 14 (16-18 year olds) Adviza currently undertake this duty for Wokingham
Jobcentre Plus takes lead responsibility for reporting on young people 19 to 24 who are NEET.
 Statutory Guidance On the Participation of Young People in Education Employment or Training DfE March 2013
 Sections 15ZA of the Education Act 1996
 Section 68 Education and Skills Act 2008
 Section 10 ESA 2008