Last week to apply for cash in return for help in NEET survey
Cash incentives are being offered to learning and skills providers who can help in a research project into why a record number of young people and adults are outside of education, employment or training (NEETs).
A sample group of the record one million NEETs in England will be interviewed as part of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) research in a bid to find out their aspirations and help them back in to training and education.
The LSIS, which is a sector owned body supporting the development of further education provision across the skills sector, is offering the money to skills organisations such as voluntary learning providers, providers of work-based learning and local adult learning services to record interviews with NEETs as part of the project that is being conducted by the National Institute of Continuing Adult Education (NIACE).
“It is vitally important that we discover why so many people have found themselves outside education, training or employment,” said LSIS chief executive Dr David Collins.
“LSIS’ mission is to continually raise standards across the learning and skills sector and providing opportunities for every single person to acquire the skills needed to get into work is something all of us in the sector must strive towards.”
Providers taking part in the project will also be expected to encourage NEETs to record their experiences through a range of media including, video, diaries, stories, poems, scrapbooks, drawings and photographs.
The resulting information will be used to inform government policy on how to reduce the level of NEETs on a national basis through local learning and skills providers.
Alastair Thomson, principal advocacy officer at NIACE, which is a non-government organisation for lifelong learning in England, said that record levels of NEETs hampered the countries economic recovery and threatened social cohesion.
“And what’s worse, there are adult NEETs as well as young people coming into the labour market,” he said. “This invaluable research project will help us understand and find ways to tackle one of the most pressing issues affecting our society.”
The deadline for applications is Friday 5th March 2010 and providers can register their interest online at http://www.niace.org.uk/niacesurveys/index.php?sid=75753
By Martin Kornacki TJ Online (02-03-2010)
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