The number of youngsters in training, jobs or education has risen by over 10% in Croydon – the highest increase nationally.
Figures released today (27 July) by the Department for Education show that 8,343 of the borough’s 9,010 youngsters aged 16-17 were in education, jobs or training (92.6%) in March – up 10.2% from 2014.
Croydon’s rise comes after the council invested in more staff to work on improving its success rate, and next steps include setting up a link between local businesses and youngsters wanting to know what skills they need to succeed in their chosen career.
“Croydon has London’s biggest and youngest population, so improving our number of youngsters in work, education or training by over 10% is huge.
“We’re using this as a springboard to do even more – from big employers mentoring local young people on future careers to making sure every school or college leaver has a job, training or education to go to.”
Councillor Alisa Flemming, cabinet member for children, young people and learning
The Department for Education figures are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/participation-in-education-and-training-by-local-authority