The latest National EET and NEET, ((not) in education, employment and training) figures for young people between the ages of 16 and 18 have been released by the Government (October 2018).  

The annual scorecard for Cumbria show the number of 16 and 17-year-olds recorded as being in education or training in Cumbria is slightly higher than the national average at 92.1% versus 92%.  

The figures also show that 3.9% of Cumbrian 16 and 17-year-olds are NEET or whose activity is ‘not known’ - is below the national average of 6.0%. 

Cumbria County Council, like all Local Authorities, has broad duties to encourage, enable and assist young people, between the ages of 16-18, to participate in education, employment or training.  

“Part of our role in Cumbria is to help the Council understand how each young person is participating through tracking education, employment and training positions taken up by young people in these age groups,” said Mark Bowman, Chief Executive of Inspira. 

“It is important we identify those who are at risk of NEET and put plans in place to help them reengage or find more suitable options in different learning environments,” continued Mr Bowman.