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The 'wicked social problem' of NEET

Posted on 10 March 2014

York academic presents to major European conference on the employment and education of young people

Bob Coles presents 'NEET as a 'wicked social problem'' in Bucharest on 10 March 2014

Bob Coles presented as a speaker at a major European conference looking to encourage cooperation and exchange good practices in education, training and employment of young people.

The conference 'Keeping Young People in Employment, Education and/or Training: Common challenges - Shared Solutions' is hosted by the Romanian Government in collaboration with the European Commission, taking place in the prestigious Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Romania 10-11 March 2014.

His presentation, titled 'NEET as a 'wicked social problem'' sets out to examine the implications of focusing on NEET (not in education, employment or training) rather than youth unemployment, problems relating to the measuring of NEET and the role of government interventions in the labour market. Through the presentation Bob looks at new uses for qualitative research methods, drawing upon a number of studies in this field.

Bob Coles is a former Senior Lecturer in the Department and now Honorary Fellow, responsible for establishing youth and social policy as a sub-discipline in the UK. His research has focussed in recent years on the study of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), culminating with a major report for the Audit Commission on this subject in 2010:

Coles, B., Godfrey, C., Keung, A., Parrot, S. and Bradshaw, J. (2010) Estimating the life-time cost of NEET: 16-18 year olds not in Education, Employment or Training. Research conducted for the Audit Commission, July 2010.