A European analysis model of young unemployed people

There is a clear focus on young people not in education, employment or training in other countries as well, and they are prioritised in the work with young people.

Local authorities in the UK have a statutory obligation to work systematically to survey young unemployed people. This work is often based on the ‘NEET’ model, which stands for ‘Not in Education, Employment or Training’.

Vulnerable young people are a cost for society

A national UK survey conducted by the Audit Commission in 2010 showed that 9.2 per cent of young people between the ages of 16 and 18 formed part of the ‘NEET’ group. A socio economic calculation in the report showed what this group may be expected to cost from a socio-economic perspective. It found, among other things, that boys between the ages of 16 and 18 who are NEET are four times more likely to be unemployed, five times more likely to have a criminal record, six times more likely not to go into higher education and three times more likely to suffer from mental illness/depression than their peers.


It can thus be seen that it is a good investment from a socio-economic perspective to direct special initiatives at this group, besides the personal gains that such investment may entail. An overall description of the UK strategy that works with young people not in education, employment or training can be found in the Fokus09 report from the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society. One of the ambitions of the EU is to report NEET statistics from the Member States.