Since the mid-2000s, increasing numbers of young people have been struggling to make a successful transition from full-time education into work or further training opportunities. Whilst in recent years the numbers of young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs) has been decreasing following a peak in the aftermath of the financial crisis, the number of young people impacted remains a major concern.
But whilst there is a growing body of research focusing on NEETs, there is increasing concern about so-called ‘Hidden NEETs’ – those young people who are neither in employment, education or training nor in contact with mainstream welfare services. Suggested possible reasons for being ‘hidden’ include the stigma associated with benefit receipt, experience of benefit ‘sanctions’, being able to rely on financial support from family, engagement in crime and participating in the informal economy. However the evidence base on this is incredibly weak.
To address this evidence gap, the University of Salford, as part of the Salford Anti-Poverty Taskforce, has been commissioned by Salford City Council to explore this issue.
We are currently trying to find young people (aged 18 – 24) who are living in Salford, not in employment, education or training (NEET), and not claiming the benefits they are entitled to. They will be invited to take part in a short, confidential interview about their experiences and all will receive a £10 shopping voucher as a thank you for their time. If you or your organisation are aware of any such individuals, or might be able to help us to find them, please contact Katy Jones by email or call 0161 295 7030.