New figures reveal the number of young people in Derbyshire who are not in education, employment or training has fallen.
Figures released by the Department for Education show 4.8 per cent of 16 to 18 year-olds were not in education, employment or training (NEET) up to the end of 2013.
This is a drop in Derbyshire of almost one per cent since the end of 2012 when the figure was 5.7 per cent.
Derbyshire County Council is now ranked joint 59th out of 151 local authorities nationally.
Councillor Damien Greenhalgh, Derbyshire County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “This is great news for young people in Derbyshire.
“New rules mean all young people need to stay in education or training until they’re 18 so I’m delighted that our work with them is having a positive impact.
“Given the current economic climate, it’s never been more important for young people to get qualifications, skills and training to enable them to do well in the future.”
Derbyshire County Council supports young people by working with employers and training providers to offer more placements and training opportunities.
Staff also work with young people to develop their interview techniques, build their CVs and help to attend interviews.
Derbyshire County Council is also hosting the Derbyshire Skills Festival later this year with special sessions for young people who are NEET to find out what’s available to them.
Councillor Greenhalgh said: “Derbyshire Skills Festival is the county’s largest careers event for young people. The free event is aimed at students aged 15 to 19 and last year attracted more than 10,500 visitors.
“It is their chance to find out about jobs, apprenticeships, courses and traineeships that are available across Derbyshire.”
This year the festival - supported by The Skills Show, the European Social Fund and the National Careers Service – is being held over four days in September.
It will be held at The Roundhouse, Derby, on September 16 and 17, The Dome in Buxton on September 23 and Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium on September 25.