AROUND 20% of those born at the turn of the century in the UK face leaving school without a job or university places because of flawed education policies.
Research found almost 121,000 pupils run the risk of being classified ‘neet’ – not in education, employment or training – by the time they finish compulsory education.
White, working class boys are significantly more likely to end up on benefits than other ethnic groups, while those experiencing a period of neet before the age of 24 will earn around 11% less than the national average well into their 40s.
In total, they will lose up to €300,000 in lifetime earnings compared to those who go onto university and graduate with a degree, the study found.
Jenny North, director of policy and strategy at Impetus, the group behind the study, recommended a shake-up of the Ofsted inspections to rate schools on the extent to which they provide pupils with employability skills.
She said: “Britain needs a vision for the youth labour market, one which recognises our neet problem is structural and long term, not just a hangover from the recession.”
From 2015 all pupils will be required to stay in education until the age of 18.