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Fifth Annual National NEET Conference 2011


Working with NEET groups in a climate of Austerity

Despite an ongoing focus of Government policy and funding the number of young people who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) has remained a huge challenge. The most recent statistics showing that 1,026,000 (17.1 per cent) of young people aged between 16 and 24 nationwide were classified as NEET during the third quarter of 2010, slightly down on the equivalent period last year, but still ‘too high’. The coalition government has outlined plans to “Get Britain working”; but in the current climate of austerity and at a time when there is increasing competition for jobs, the solution is not going to be easy.

Due to the success of our previous NEET Conferences held in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 this follow-on Fifth Annual National conference will bring together leading Government, educational and sector experts, to share and explore fresh approaches, latest research, current policy and good practice. The day will use a blend of plenary sessions and interactive workshops to bring out these issues.

The speakers and approaches include: Dr Ian Finlay, the chairman, outlining preventative measures; a policy update from Olly Newton from DfE; Entrepreneurship the missing E in NEET; the relationship with the Big Society and other case studies covering feedback from successful projects and positive interventions helping to define what works in terms of tackling NEET’s.

The Conference will be Chaired by Dr Ian Finlay, Research Fellow in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford.

Who should attend?

All organisations with an active interest in the NEET cohort to include;  Learning Providers, FE Colleges, Schools, Universities, Chambers of Commerce, Local Authorities, Business Links, Connexions, Children’s Services, Youth workers, Careers Advisors, Charities, Voluntary organisations, Learning Partnerships, Education Business Partnerships, Employers, Youth Offending teams, and the new Government  Agencies.

Attendance at this conference will provide an excellent opportunity to network and share best practice.

Exhibitors Stands

The Conference will also have a number of Exhibitor Stands. Please visit the exhibitors page on this website for further information.