Commenting on figures published today (Thursday) by the Office for National Statistics, which show that there were 1.04 million young people (aged 16 to 24) in the UK who were not in education, employment or training (NEET) in the last quarter of 2013, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“Whilst any fall in the number of NEETs is welcome, the fact that over a million young people aren’t in work or education shows we still have a huge youth jobs crisis.
“Government action to help young people should start in schools with full career guidance for pupils aged 12 and upwards.
“School-leavers deserve further support too, with a job guarantee for any young person out of work for at least six months. This would help tackle the long-term joblessness that can permanently damage young people’s careers before they have even started out in the world of work.”