Portsmouth offers a promising future for youngsters

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PORTSMOUTH boasts some of the lowest percentages of young people not in employment, education or training in the country.

A nationwide report by The Work Foundation reveals less than 14 per cent of young people aged between 16 and 24 are not in employment, education or training (NEET) in the city.

Portsmouth joins the likes of Edinburgh, Nottingham, Milton Keynes, Bristol and Leicester in the low NEET category.

The report suggests there are an estimated 979,000 NEETs aged 16 to 24 in the country, with 186,000 being aged 16 to 18.

Portsmouth has also been able to keep open its two Go for It centres for young people to access information and support.

The statistics were praised by city council leader Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson.

He said: ‘This is something that the council works very hard on and will continue to target. We want to make sure as many youngsters as possible are in education, training and work.’