• Simon Tanner

Research into the Life Journey of Young People NEET in Merthyr Tydfil

Wavehill were commissioned in March 2016 to undertake research into the life journey experiences of 98 young people in Merthyr Tydfil identified as an at-risk group of becoming young people not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET). They were the first group of beneficiaries to benefit from enhanced support arrangements put in place by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.

The research identified the impacts of this enhanced support, the sustained outcomes experienced by the young people involved, and where further developments or enhancements are needed to the new NEET strategy and delivery in Merthyr Tydfil to continue the progress the authority has made in its work with young people at risk of becoming, or already young people NEET. It included unique analysis of Careers Wales data that showed the full journey of young people after they left school and illustrated the 'churn' in their experiences over that time.

The research showed that the experiences of post 18 employment / training / unemployment are generally less positive than the initial trajectories at age 16 might have suggested. The support received in Years 10 and 11 for these individuals has made significant differences to the confidence, motivations and aspirations of the group of 98 young people in the original cohort. Whilst these softer indicators have been sustained, the moves into employment and training are less likely to have been attained, and unemployment levels for the cohort have risen. A large part of this is the less intensive support received Post 18 and the difficulties these young people have faced in accessing consistent and focused support once they have reached 18. It is clear that these young people value highly the support they have received and find the withdrawal of that support especially challenging. A specialist young person's summary document of the research findings was also produced.

For more information please contact Simon.Tanner@wavehill.com