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The Learning Curve
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Monday 4 June 2007
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Libby Purves presents this week's edition of the Learning Curve.

This week’s Learning Curve will be exploring the issue of young people Not in Education, Employment or Training.

The fact that one in five young people in the UK doesn’t have a job and isn’t being educated or trained in order to get one, is described variously as a tragedy, a scandal and an “abomination”. Whatever the description, it’s a problem that’s proving extremely difficult to solve. There are targets aplenty: but the numbers of so-called NEETS – those Not in Education, Employment or Training – has remained static for a decade now, and there are even some indications that the figures might be rising.

With Scotland laying claim to one of the highest proportion of NEETs in the developed world, The Learning Curve visits the Edinburgh Cyrenians ‘People with Potential’ course, which aims to engage the NEET “core cohort” of disadvantaged and disengaged young people. And Sir Robert Smith, Chairman of the Smith Group of entrepreneurs, industrialists and educationalists and Charlene O’ Connor from Scottish Enterprise, discuss Scotland’s approach to addressing the issue of NEETs.

In London, The Learning Curve hears from Bill Rammell, minister with responsibility for lifelong learning and education, about current government policy to tackle the NEET group and from the former Head of Tony Blair’s Strategy Unit, Geoff Mulgan. Geoff’s now the Director of the think tank, the Young Foundation, which is set to test radical new plans for studio schools.

Sir Robert Smith, chair of The Smith Group, Chairman of The Weir Group plc and Scottish & Southern Energy plc
Charlene O’ Connor, Head of Scottish Enterprise’s Skills and Learning
Tommy Steele, Edinburgh Cyrenians
Natasha, Stacey, Carol and Sean of Edinburgh Cyrenians’ ‘People with Potential’ course
Geoff Mulgan, the Young Foundation
Bill Rammell, Minister of State at the Department for Education and Skills with responsibility for lifelong learning, further and higher education
Additional Information:

Definition of NEET
Department for Education and Skills
Scottish Executive
More Choices, More Chances
Youth Cohort Study
‘A NEET Solution’
‘Meet the NEETS’

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