Wolverhampton has recorded the lowest figure in 6 years for 16 to 18 year olds Not in Education, Employment, or Training (NEET).

Figures released this week by the Department for Education show 274 for the third quarter (October to December) 2015/2016 - less than half compared to the same quarter in 2010/2011 when it stood at 565.

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, said: "These figures are hugely encouraging and are a reflection of the improvement in schools, and the work of the college and local training providers in Wolverhampton.

"Employment in local businesses is playing its part and apprenticeships are up in the city.

"Around £3.5 billion is being invested in Wolverhampton bringing jobs, prosperity and growth and we will continue to work closely with city partners to provide recruitment and training opportunities through events such as our successful jobs fairs."

  • released: Friday 26¬†February, 2016