Cardiff has the second highest percentage of young people (Year 11 leavers) not in education, employment or training of any local authority in Wales. The cost of not addressing this issue is not just economic, but there are also effects on levels of unemployment, crime, health and well-being.
In particular, our most vulnerable young people such as Looked After Children and young adult carers face significant challenges and barriers to progression and are more likely to leave school with no qualifications.
Progress has been made in recent years. Despite a slight increase in 2015 in the percentage of known NEETs, the drop from 10.6% in 2008 to 3.0% in 2016 reflects a long term downward trend.
With a focus on preparing our young people for the world of work, more needs to be done to significantly improve outcomes for those disengaged or at risk of becoming disengaged from education.