For those who are not familiar with the usage and the concept of NEET – young people Not in Empoyment, Education or Traning – this article from the Eurofound can be useful.
According to the article, the concept of NEETs has been useful by making it possible for policymakers to better address the gap between young people and the labour market. When otherwise using the dichotomy of employed/ unemployed, you only get subgroups of the NEETs. For example, in 2015 there were around 4.6 milion young people between the age of 15-24 who were unemployed in Europe. The broader category of NEET, on the other hand, comprises over 6.6 million young people, meaning that around 2 million young people, without the concept of NEET, would have been given less attention from policymakers. Previously marginalised groups such as young people with disabilities and young mothers are now back on the agenda in the debate of youth unemployment.
With a more broad approach to the debate it’s now possible to better understand the different needs within the group and thereby open up the door for tailoring more distinct policies to reintegrate them into education and the labour market.
The mind map below provides a deeper understanding of the groups of young people within the NEET concept.
”Who are the NEETs?”
Publikation: Living and working in Europe 2016