Half of Newcastle youngsters fear they are unemployable

Half of young people in Newcastle feel they are ‘unemployable’ a leading charity has revealed.

A poll carried out by Action for Children has revealed 49% of 15 to 26-year-olds in the city feel they are unemployable while one in seven of the 2,000 people surveyed believe they can never have the career they want.

A quarter of young people said the job market was too competitive and there are too few jobs while an astounding 38% of young people said when applying for jobs in the past they felt they received no feedback or reply to their application.

> Only 38% ?  From personal experience I might have expected the figure to be in the 80s or 90% region.

Carol Iddon, Action for Children’s director of children’s services across the North of England, said:

“A job is more than just ‘what you do’, it is a part of who you are and gives people a sense of worth.

“Young people across Newcastle have told us they don’t feel employable, and feel uncertain, lack confidence and are not getting the support and advice they need. Those that Action for Children supports have the additional burden of coping with turbulent, often traumatic lives. For them, the risk of unemployment and the financial, social and emotional problems that often come with it are even greater.”

Now Action for Children, in partnership with Barclays, has launched ‘Skills for Success’, an ambitious nationwide project that aims to equip young people with the basic skills and knowledge to help them into employment or training. Following a successful pilot, the programme of workshops and drop-in advice services is aiming to help 22,000 young people already supported by the charity’s projects over a 13-month period.

Ms Iddon added:

“Giving the most vulnerable young people the right support and advice to help them get on the job ladder is vital, and with our new programme, Skills for Success, we hope to be able to help thousands of youngsters over the coming year.”

The charity works with some of the country’s most vulnerable young people including those in care, not in employment, education or training (NEET) and young carers.

Kathleen Britain, head of UK community investment at Barclays, said:

“Our insights show that young people are daunted by the competitiveness of today’s job market and struggle to find the right support, career advice and mentoring to move forward.

“That’s why we are committed to equipping the next generation with the training they need to build a brighter future for themselves and their families through the Skills for Success programme.”

> Or will it be yet another “rewrite your CV our way – it’ll look just like every other version of your CV you’ve had done on courses, but it means we get paid, and that’s the main thing.”

Sorry – feeling cynical today.

Source – Newcastle Evening Chronicle,  20 Apr 2015

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