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One in five youngsters expects a life on benefits
One in five youngsters expects to end up on benefits, a shocking new poll has found.
As A-level results loom, it was revealed nearly 20% of school leavers in Brighton and Hove expect to become reliant on state handouts.
Last year more than two fifths (43 per cent) of city pupils failed to achieve five GCSEs graded A*-C, including English and Maths.
The Prince’s Trust research revealed that more than a third of youngsters (35 per cent) felt if they failed their exams they would not find a job.
More than a quarter (27 per cent) admitted they will ‘always’ feel inferior to those who did better at school.
Those without qualifications were twice as likely to struggle with schoolwork due to family problems and stressful home-lives and to lack access to a computer.
The Prince’s Trust, who commissioned YouGov to compile the research, is calling for more vocational support for less academic youngsters.
Melissa Sherif, 20, from Hangleton, felt “hopeless” about her future after failing to get her A-level grades and failing to get a job after seven months of hunting.
She said: “I think not getting the grades did hold me back as people take notice of it on your CV. Especially when you’re so young and don’t have the experience yet.”
After taking a two-week Prince’s Trust ‘Get into Retail’ course she learned CV and interview techniques and completed a two-week work placement with Marks and Spencer, which led to a full-time position.
She added: “I’ve gone from a place where I was feeling completely hopeless to a place where I now have a job and can look towards the future.”
Trust director Dermot Finch said: “We need to do more to support those who are not academically successful, helping them develop vocational skills.
“Government, employers and charities must work together to get them into jobs. We need to show young people living in Brighton that they can be a success, even if they don’t get five good GCSEs.”
The Trust supports disadvantaged young people more than half of whom have left school with few qualifications.
It runs intensive training schemes for struggling school leavers with three in four moving into work, education or training.
HSBC supported the research and is introducing an ‘Opportunity Partnership’ to help 25,000 dis-dvantaged young people into education, training and work.
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