The government has promised to dramatically reduce the of young people that are not in education, work or training.
According to government figures, 206,000 16-18 year olds fall into this category. Prime minister Gordon Brown's vision to tackle this were outlined in the Queen's Speech. It includes plans to:
Raise the school leaving age from 16 to 18
Create 90,000 apprenticeships
Provide more training support, including an expansion of the educational maintenance allowance which provides means-tested financial support to teenagers on courses
Give personalised advice for those considered at risk from dropping-out
Allow for greater flexibility in further education courses