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Four or more pupil-employer contacts key in NEET battle

Evidence shows that students are significantly less likely to become NEET (not in education, employment or training) if they experience four or more contacts with employers before they leave school.

However, the research has also revealed that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds have the least contact with employers while at school.

The findings come from a survey of more than 1,700 19 to 24-year-olds, which reveals that contact with employers between the ages of 14 and 18 does result in a career boost in later life.

Its headline finding was that if a student reported having four or more contacts with employers while at school, they were 86 per cent less likely to be NEET.  Examples of contacts included things such as careers advice from employers, competing in enterprise competitions, being mentored and job-shadowing.

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published: 08 February 2017

More details about the research and copy of the report can be founf at: