Youth around the world are more than four times as likely to be out of school as children and more than twice as likely to be out of school as adolescents. When the economy is struggling and jobs are shed, young workers are always the worst hit.

Young people who are not in education, nor in employment or training are known as NEETs.

This group are at high risk of being socially excluded. Worse still, the longer that youth remain as NEETs, the more likely they are to be trapped without options. The population of many developing countries is young.

Providing youth with opportunities to gain skills and training represents one of the best ways to promote growth and economic development.