The high number of young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) is a prominent feature of the challenging economic environment in the UK. Increasing young people’s participation in learning, skills training and work is central to addressing this issue as well as stimulating economic growth and facilitating social mobility. The scale of youth unemployment is shaping current policy and practice.
The UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) provided additional funding for training in the academic year 2011/2012 for young adults aged 19-24 who are NEET. This research was conducted to explore the nature of the recruitment strategies and provision, the perceived impact of training programmes and learners’ journeys and attitudes to learning. The evidence from this research shows that providers have, through diverse training programmes, prepared young adults for further training or enhanced their employment chances by making them more work-ready. Regardless of their previous experiences and their backgrounds, the majority of learners were positive about the training and felt more confident to face the future.