INCREASING numbers of vulnerable youngsters in the district are getting into training and work.

New figures show that for the first time, there are currently no 16-year-olds in care who are not in education, employment and training (NEET).

A snapshot survey of year-12 students takes place every November.

The zero figure compares to 10.1 per cent last year.

Bradford Council works with a range of organisations – including Prospects, Connexions and schools and colleges – to help young people move forward in education or training.

A 'virtual school' for looked-after children, which supports young people in care, and the council's Through Care team also play a key role.

They help young apprentices maintain their attendance and provide support for mums and care leavers with disabilities to find employment.

Michael Jameson, the council's strategic director of children's services, said: "We're aware that this is a snapshot survey, but the zero NEET figure is unprecedented in our district and is a really positive achievement.

"It indicates that vulnerable young people are finding pathways that will give them better opportunities for training and work.

"It's good news, which comes on the back of progress being made in other areas of education across our district."

Councillor Imran Khan, portfolio holder for education, employment and skills, described the figure as "excellent".

He added: "Great credit needs to go to the young people who have taken the positive step to enter education and training.

"A lot of partnership work goes into supporting the vulnerable young people in our district, who often face difficult challenges.

"This joined-up approach to raising attainment reflects the ambition of our education covenant."