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.
Explore the data:
The Index gives a relative measure of education and employment opportunities for young people across each of Wales’ local education authorities. The score for each area reflects how its performance compares with the best-performing area; the higher the score, the better the performance. Results are presented as a heatmap, with darker shades representing higher scores.
Use this map to explore the ranked performance of local areas for each index. Use the toolbar to share, download or reset the table. Alternatively, view ranks organised by region or local education authority of index scores.
Use this table to explore the ranked performance of local areas for each index.
Use this table to explore the regional ranked performance of local areas for each index. Use the toolbar to share, download or reset the table.