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Rise in youth drop-out rate

Rise in youth drop-out rate

An increase in the number of people dropping out of full-time education or employment has demonstrated the potential importance of IT home study.

Figures released by the government have revealed a significant rise in the number of 18 to 24-year-olds not in education, employment or training.

In total, 835,000 young people are in the bracket, up from 730,000 during the same period last year.

It is thought much of the increase is down to the recession, which has hit young people hard and made it difficult for those coming out of full-time education to find work.

However, the figure could highlight the need for more young people to access an IT distance learning course, which would allow them to gain skills and develop knowledge in a more cost-effective way than taking up a training course at a college or university.

Such a move could increase the skills of the young workforce and increase the potential for youths to access new jobs when the recovery comes.

Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown a continued rise in unemployment, despite suggestions from business that the UK economy is over the worst of the recession.