Number of teen dropouts is up by 25 per cent
MORE than one in 12 school leavers in Bristol end up without a job, training or education, new figures show.
And the number of teenage dropouts has increased by 25 per cent throughout the Bristol area.
The Department for Education said the number of 16 to 18-year-olds in the city and surrounding area who are not in education, employment or training reached 2,100 last year.
The area covered by the city council had the highest proportion of its youngsters not in education or a job, at 8.8 per cent – up from 7.5 per cent in 2010. In South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset the figure was 5.3 per cent, while it was 4.1 per cent in North Somerset.
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The number of teens whose status was classed as 'not known' also increased sharply – as high as one in ten teens in Bristol. This increase, which officials said could relate to changes in the way young people's status is recorded, is likely to mask an increase in the true numbers.
The figures for the city were higher than the average for England, where the total number of 16 to 18-year-olds not in education, employment or training jumped from 146,430 in 2010 to 154,710 last year, a rise from 7.5 per cent to 8.1 per cent.
To try to tackle youth unemployment, the coalition government has announced a £1 billion "Youth Contract", including wage subsidies to encourage companies to take on young people, an incentive payment of £2,275.
Children's Minister Tim Loughton said: "This is not a new problem. But we are determined to tackle it."