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6th Annual National NEET Conference 2012
Conference Aston Business School, Birmingham


Policy, Ideas, Successes and Good Practice for working with & reducing the NEET cohort

The current economic climate in the UK, Mainland Europe and worldwide is reducing the employment opportunities for young people. By the time we reach the date of this event the number of young people who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) is likely to have exceeded 1 million in the UK. Official figures show that the youth unemployment rate is approaching 20% and almost 100,000 of these have been in the NEET cohort for two years or more.

NTRL’s 6th National NEET conference will bring together key policy makers, researchers and stakeholders to exchange policy, latest data and research on participation; lived experiences of NEET young people; opportunities that have arisen from a tough economic climate; positive thinking on the way forward; succession of schemes and best practice approaches to engaging and re-engaging a diverse population who face different challenges to participation into education, employment and training.

The Conference will be chaired by Geoff Hayward, Professor of Education and Head of the School of Education at the University of Leeds.

The Keynote and Plenary addresses for this one-day conference include:

  • Central Government updates on NEET Policy and young peoples participation from Oliver Newton from DfE.
  • How we support community investment in education and training combined with economic regeneration as a more promising way to think about the way forward.
  • Findings from a qualitative study focussing on the lives and experiences of NEET young people to inform the work of policy makers and practitioners as well as the academic community.
  • Key challenges faced by unemployed young people in the current labour market and the role of the Work Programme in providing locally joined up support to move young people into sustainable employment.  
  • A series of case studies showcasing best practice approaches for reducing NEETs, including a groundbreaking approach to reducing NEETs in Bournemouth, celebrating its lowest ever NEET figures – even in the current climate.

A series of workshops will allow a more detailed examination of issues and good practice, including:

  • Developing the Entrepreneurial self-efficacy of NEET young people.
  • How to use social media for engaging and converting NEETs.
  • The role of quality Careers Education and Impartial Advice and Guidance (CE/IAG) in preventing students from risk of becoming NEET.
  • Engaging the Disengaged – Understanding and Supporting NEET Students with Special Educational Needs including Syndromes and Conditions.
  • NEET Today - Civil Unrest Tomorrow – What funding is available to help prevent this happening?

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 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 exhibitor's page on this website for further information.