Some young people are at greater risk of becoming NEET than others

Some young people are at greater risk of becoming NEET than others

Hey, have you ever considered how important job satisfaction is for the health and longevity of workers? It's a pretty big deal. We recently asked parents who attended our training workshops an interesting question. We wanted to know if they've discovered their unique talents, regardless of what they do for a living. We gave them three options to choose from:

"Have you discovered your unique talents, regardless of what you do for a living?

  1. absolutely! I make sure to dedicate time to my true passions and abilities, and I dream of turning them into a career someday;
  2. yes, I recognize that I have a range of talents, although I don't think any of them could be turned into a source of income;
  3. I've never really thought about it, and nothing specific comes to mind.

Surprisingly, 8 out of 10 said they never thought about it and chose option "3".

Did you hear the news today? The number of young people who are not in education, employment, or training (NEET) has decreased, but there's still one in ten 16-24 year olds in the UK who are economically inactive. Imagine the future you want for the kids in your care.

You know, we're largely what we think ourselves into being. If you're interested in discovering the tricks of finding the careers your kids will love and enjoy, I have a breakthrough workbook that can help. It could change your life and theirs forever!

Let me hit you with some facts: over half of long-term NEET young people (not in education, employment or training) finished school without good GCSEs. It's not good for young people to be without school or work when they start their adult life. However, sometimes not being in school or work isn't terrible. If someone is without it for a few weeks or months, it can be hard and uncertain, but it probably won't ruin their future job prospects or salary. If someone is without education, employment, or training for a year or more, it's much worse and can seriously hurt their chances of getting a good job in the future and how much they can earn. There's a perception that youth unemployment isn’t a problem in 2023, but it's still a significant issue. Too many young people are getting stuck NEET, and we should worry about this even more given our current period of economic uncertainty.

So, what can we do as adults to help? Ultimately, carers' responsibility is to reteach children how to make good choices. They must be willing to get back into their children's lives and develop robust attitudes about respect, friendship, and responsibility.

It's unacceptable that nearly 11.3% of all 18–24-year-olds are not earning or learning today. Action is needed now to prevent the long-term scarring effects of being locked out of the labor market. (NEET - Youth Futures Foundation)

Some young people naturally flourish in school, while others struggle due to difficult life circumstances. But there is another group at risk of disengaging from learning without substantial issues or barriers. We must be flexible in our approach to provide effective support for these young people who are at risk of becoming NEET. Each young person is an individual, and it's essential to identify early characteristics that may be markers of a young person disengaging from compulsory education.

The group who becomes NEET often lacks fundamental numeracy and literacy skills needed to succeed in further education, training, or the world of work. Classes that focus on getting the basics right first would provide those most at risk with the necessary skills needed for future advancement.

Did you know that playing video games, doing worksheets together with your kids can actually improve your relationship and give you useful parenting tools? If you're having trouble getting your kids to spend time with you, try  try some of our worksheets and playing computer games with them. It's a great opportunity to have conversations while sharing an activity. We've even prepared some worksheets to help you get started. These are excellent worksheets to talk through multiplication and addition facts with your kid:

Learning about games will also give you the language to have effective conversations with your children. Here are our FREE maths puzzles for you:

Understanding the language your children use gives you the tools to have more meaningful conversations with them. Plus, many games provide unique opportunities for important conversations. Discussing values through fictional characters is often a more comfortable way to talk about real-life scenarios. It's easier to have a conversation about a character's choices than it is to discuss what your child should do in a given situation. Sometimes, young people need help finding things they're passionate about. Creatively finding links between the games they play and other activities is a natural way to transition between them. Our mascot Skoory the squirrel features in two of our games:

By the way, our career awareness workbook Skoory’s Career Awareness Book consists of 24 career awareness worksheets usually sold for £24, but we're offering them as a stand-alone workbook for just £5.60. It's quite a steal!

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