Key Findings - Survey 2019


Young People who are not in education, employment or training (NEET)

1.7%
of Years 11, 12 and 13 were in this category
Year 11 1.8% Year 12 0.8% Year 13 2.5%

  • In 2019, there were 905 school leavers from Year 11, 12 and 13 known to be NEET in Wales, representing 1.7% of the total cohort.
  • As in previous years, the Year 13 cohort continued to have a higher percentage of NEET (2.5% (269) individuals) compared to the Year 11 (1.8% - 537 individuals) and Year 12 cohorts (0.8% - 99 individuals)


  • The percentage of Year 11 customers unable to enter Employment, Education or Training (EET) due to illness, caring for others or pregnancy stood at 1.0%. In the same category, the percentage of Year 12 and Year 13 students stood at 0.3% and 0.5%, respectively.
  • The percentage of NEET Year 11 females who are unable to enter EET this year was slightly lower than for NEET males (53.7% of NEET females and 54.2% of NEET males).

Continuing in Full-Time Education

86.8%
of Years 11, 12 and 13 were in this category
Year 11 88.2% Year 12 92.8% Year 13 75.6%
  • Continuing in full time education continues overwhelmingly to be the most popular choice of destination for students in each of the three-year groups.


  • A higher percentage of females than males across all three cohorts chose to continue in full time education.
Cohort Males Females Difference
Year 11 86.0% 90.6% 4.5 percentage points
Year 12 91.6% 93.8% 2.2 percentage points
Year 13 72.5% 78.2% 5.7 percentage points
FE College 55% Sixth form 45%
  • A greater proportion of those continuing in full time education (FTE) after Year 11 chose FE over school 6th forms, by 10.0 percentage points.
  • In 2019, of those classified as continuing in FTE, going to FE was a more popular route for both males and females. The difference was greater for males (57.8% going to FE, compared to 42.2% staying in school) than it was for females (52.2% going to FE, compared to 47.8% staying in school).
  • In all years, a higher percentage of those in minority ethnic groups continued in full time education, compared to those who are white.
Cohort White Ethnic Minority
Year 1187.8%92.3%
Year 1293%93.5%
Year 1375%82.6%

Entering the Labour Market - Work and Training Routes

7.9%
of Years 11, 12 and 13 were in this category
Year 11 8.1% Year 12 3.9% Year 13 11.7%
  • The percentage of young people entering Government supported training and work (Employed and Non Employed status) was highest for those in Year 13 at 11.7% (1240 individuals), whereas 8.1% (2478 individuals) of the Year 11 cohort and 3.9% (468 individuals) of the Year 12 cohort entered one of these options.
  • The percentages of young people going straight into employment stood at 2.5% for Year 11, 2.5% for Year 12 and 9.1% for Year 13.
  • Entering the labour market (either training in the workplace or employment) was a more popular choice with males than females across all 3 cohorts in 2019.

Year 11
9.8% Male
6.3% Female
Year 12
4.4% Male
3.4% Female
Year 13
13.6% Male
10.2% Female

  • A much smaller percentage of those in minority ethnic groups entered the labour market (employment or work-based training) than those who are white.

Cohort White Ethnic Minority
Year 118.6%3.5%
Year 124.0%2.9%
Year 1312.3%5.5%

No Response Rate

  • The overall ‘No Response’ stood at 3.1%. The percentage for the ‘No Response’ rate was greatest for the Year 13 cohort at 9.6% (1011 individuals) This cohort group continues to have the highest ‘No Response’ rate:
No Response rate
Year 111.1%
Year 122.2%
Year 139.6%