Our Youth Opportunity Index brings together the key outcomes both in terms of education and employment for young people in Wales. It allows us to highlight the opportunities available to our young people at a local level. And it shows some stark inequalities. For example, residents in Monmouthshire have double the enrolment rate for Higher Education courses than those in neighbouring Blaenau Gwent, while the apprenticeship participation rate for 16-24 year olds is three times higher in Neath Port Talbot than in Cardiff or Ceredigion.

The index shows that the four lowest ranking local authorities are in the South East Wales Valleys (Torfaen, Merthyr Tydfil, Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly), showing that opportunities today – both in education and in employment for young people – remain unevenly distributed and are entrenching existing inequalities. It reveals that where you live has an unacceptably high bearing on level of attainment and opportunities for young people, with those growing up in our poorest communities just not getting a fair chance.

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Read blog post from director for Learning and Work Institute Cymru, Dave Hagendyk.