Barriers to education, employment and training for young people in rural areas
The CRC has published a major new report into the barriers to education, employment and training experienced by young people in England’s rural areas. The report finds that whilst there are clear associated challenges for all young people across England, there is also a rural dimension to the issue.
Key points in the report include:
- The speed at which young people have become NEET (not in education, employment or training) has increased more quickly in rural areas than in urban since the start of the recession.
- Young people living in rural areas frequently have to travel long distances to work, training and education, yet the high cost and low availability of public and private transport can have a negative impact on opportunities.
- There are concerns that the additional cost of delivering employment and training services in rural areas is leading providers to focus on more highly populated parts of the country.
- The report also calls for the appointment of a Government Minister for young people, which would include acting as a focal point and representative for rural youth affairs within and across central government.
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The full report, and a summary version, can be found below: