Where there is good data about young people targeted support can be put in place. Organisations that support young people use the national statistical data to design and target services for young people.
However the data that is available does not provide a useful enough breakdown at a local level or for groups of young people.
If the information was broken down and produced in a clear visual way organisations would be able to further target their support of young people and put in place services that may prevent young people from becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training).
Funding will also be better targeted if this more granular detail was produced allowing for “hotspot” areas to get access to the level of financial support they need and see a greater return on investment.
Granular data would also allow for better reporting of the impact of services for young people, which could mean that the services having the greatest impact could be scaled and better supported.
The key recommendations from this inquiry are:
- Production and publication of the youth employment data at a more granular level, parliamentary constituency or local authority area
- More detailed breakdown of the youth employment categories to separate out young people in education, apprenticeships, in employment, receiving support, care leavers, homelessness.
- Inclusion of ethnography data within the NEET and economically inactive statistical breakdowns.
- Presentation of data in a more visual form to allow access to non- data/analytical users