The Prince’s Trust have surveyed over 2,000 16-25 year olds across the UK and have discovered that those who are not working or learning are the most unhappy. On top of this, these are the individuals who are the most likely to have grown up without anyone to discuss their issues with.
Leon White is 24 years old and currently lives in Birmingham with his family. His father passed away 10 years ago and Leon left school without receiving any qualifications. Leon wants a career in music, but has only recently been able to secure a full-time job in a hotel, after taking a hospitality training course.
“I used to apply for jobs but after getting knocked back, it hit my confidence. I’d wake up and just not know what to do with the 24 hours in the day.”
Almost three out of 10 people questioned in the survey said they felt their career prospects had been permanently damaged by the recession.
The government have said they are ‘not complacent’ even though the level of unemployment is at its lowest since 2009.
A spokesman from the Department for Work and Pensions said:
“Youth unemployment has fallen recently, and excluding full-time students, there are now 626,000 unemployed 16-24 year olds – the lowest figure since early 2009. But we are not complacent about the scale of the challenge we still face.
“Through our Youth Contract we’re offering nearly 500,000 work experience placements, wage incentives and apprenticeships over the next three years to help young people gain the skills and experience needed to get a job.”
If you are struggling to cope with day-to-day life, whatever your age, speaking to a counsellor could help. To find out more, please see our Depression page.
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