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.


  1. Indubitably correct Fred. But at risk of annoying you further, 40% of those gaining degrees in the U.K. are working in jobs far below degree status. University education is no guarantee of a good job. It is probably true in Spain too. Maybe O.P. could supply relevant Spanish figures?

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