Wake up calls help Neet generation

Ministers are to pay private companies to wake teenagers in a drive to get more youngsters back to college or work.

The initiative is part of Nick Clegg's £126 million Youth Contract to tackle the record number of England's 16 and 17-year-olds not in education, employment or training - the so-called "Neet" generation.

One scheme in the North East, run by Pertemps People Development Group, will see wake-up calls offered "to help young people develop a routine". Another, in Yorkshire, will see ex-soldiers deliver motivational sessions to disengaged youngsters through the Heroes to Inspire campaign.