The Basildon District has higher than national average young people 16–24 not in education, training, employment (NEETs) (approx 600). The District has lower than national average educational attainment and young people suffer from lack of positive role models and an awareness of benefits of education and local employment opportunities.
There are many opportunities for young people to access high value, high paid employment but they do not have the tools or the ambition to do so. This creates a low value economy employing local people in low value jobs without training resulting in lack opportunities to progress and benefit from an expanding economy
There are strong cultural and peer pressures not to gain employment or further education and difficult for some young people to break away from this peer pressure. This creates a culture of non employment spanning generations and inhibiting social inclusion.
The recession has worsened the situation for this vulnerable group and the numbers have increased over the last year. Young people are the first in a job and the first to go when redundancies are made. Their lack of experience makes it even more difficult to compete with the increased number of job seekers with good experience.