Council service is the top performer

North Tyneside Council has been rated the top performing authority in the region and one of the best in the country for helping young people into education, employment and training.

The number of 16 to 18-year-olds not in education, employment or training (NEET) in the borough has fallen dramatically through a targeted strategy by the council developed to maximise the availability of support for young people.

This means North Tyneside is now ranked first in the region for helping 18-year-olds, joint first for its work with 16-year-olds and second in the north east for 17-year-olds in NEET.

Nationally, the borough is above average in the 18-year-old NEET tables and placed 22nd out of 152 local authorities.

Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member responsible for children, young people and learning, said: “This is a wonderful success story and a superb example of partnership work in action.

“These statistics show that NEET figures are moving in the right direction which is essential if our young people are to gain the skills and qualifications they need in today’s economy.

“Together with our partners we will do our utmost to increase the range of employment, college and training options open to school and college leavers to make sure that there are real opportunities available and our young people are not let down.”

The council puts its success down to new and innovative ways of working with partners and schools to ensure that the best help and support possible is available to young people.

Schools work closely with Connexions, local training providers, TyneMet College as well as with a range voluntary sector groups.