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Focus: School Leavers

Snapshot Auckland 2017 data on school leavers’ qualifications and transition to further study and work show we are failing to prepare a significant number of young Aucklanders for employment.

In 2017, more than 25,000 Aucklanders aged 15-24 were NEETs – not in education, employment or training. That’s about one in every 10. 

Further, nearly four out of 10 school leavers were not enrolled in tertiary education two years after leaving school, and tertiary enrolments were down for Level 1-3 and non-degree Level 4-7 courses. 

The data shows students who stay longer at school are more likely to attain NCEA Level 2 or above (96.9 percent by age 18). But the number of Māori students leaving school before the age of 17 is still around 30 percent. We also know the Māori rate for NEETs is higher. 
This is one reason we’re excited to be working with several kura kaupapa Māori to trial a Mātauranga Māori approach to our Youth Employability Programme: Licence to Work.  We know anecdotally from students in previous years that YEP is an incentive to stay at school, because they can see a pathway
towards further training and work.