As the UK is an economically developed nation it may initially seem there is no need for the type of mapping support that GMA offers. However youth unemployment, otherwise known as NEET (‘Not in Education, Employment or Training’) in the UK has varied persistently between 10% to 20% over the last few years. These levels are significantly higher than the overall UK unemployment figures and in 2015 represented over 700,000 young people not in education employment or training.
In 2011 there were youth riots across the UK, many gang-related, adding weight to the idea that if significant numbers of young people are unemployed it will lead to incendiary social unrest. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a British social policy research and development charity, has noted the link between poverty and long-term crime.
GMA has already accomplished proof of concept mapping via a UK-wide project with a London focus, showing the relationship between specific levels of unemployment and lack of opportunities in the same vicinity for vocational education.