Young people risk job market exclusion

Published on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 10:46
Written by Govtoday staff

Long-term unemployed young people are at risk of permanent exclusion from the job market if they do not get the intensive support they need, warns The Prince's Trust.

A new analysis by The Prince's Trust reveals that the number of young people unemployed for more than two years has reached its highest level in almost two decades.

The Trust has seen long-term unemployed young people on its programmes rise by a third in three years.

One in five jobless young people supported by The Trust over the past 12 months have struggled to find work for two years or more.

The analysis also shows that the number of young people in work has reached record lows. Many young people are moving into education or training as an alternative, but this is not an option for some disadvantaged young people.

The Trust is now calling for more support from government and employers to fund its vital work with long-term unemployed young people.

Martina Milburn CBE, chief executive of The Prince's Trust, says:

"If we lined up Britain's unemployed young people, the job queue would stretch from London to Middleborough. Worryingly, more than 100,000 of these have faced unemployment for more than two years, with many fearing they will be permanently excluded from the world of work.

"On top of this, thousands of young people have returned to education to escape the ever-growing dole queue. When these young people return to the workforce, there is a risk that this could burst the banks of an already flooded jobs market.

"The Prince's Trust urgently needs more support to reach these vulnerable young people, before they become hopeless as well as jobless."

The number of young people jobless for more than 24 months has sky-rocketed by more than 330% in the past decade, almost trebling since before the recession.

Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford, said: "The UK could be at risk of a youth jobs crisis, as youth employment rates are falling. If we fail to invest in the right support for our young adults then we are storing up trouble for the future.

"Young people facing long-term unemployment could be locked out of all but the most precarious labour markets for good, especially when thousands of their better qualified peers re-join the workforce."

In response to these figures, The Prince's Trust will support more unemployed and disadvantaged 13 to 30-year-olds this year than ever, giving them the skills and confidence to find work. To do this, the charity needs to raise £1 million every week. Three in four young people on Prince's Trust programmes move into work, education or training.

Source: Prince's Trust

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