February 3, 2023

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Young people are being left out of a tough job market, a new report claims (Photo: Getty)

Many young people feel totally excluded from the job market and are quickly losing hope, according to a new report.

Youth unemployment is ‘chronically high’: 16% of all 18-24 year olds (859,000) are not in work.

Nearly one in 10 young people (227,000) who are currently neither employed nor in education say they never plan to work a day in their life.

The findings are based on a survey of 5,000 people commissioned by City and Guilds, a skills training organization.

It paints a bleak picture in which many feel left out in a job market that can seem hostile or aimed at those who want to get a foot on the ladder.

Almost a third (30%) of young people say they do not think they will ever be able to fulfill their career ambitions.

The numbers are even more poignant for the most vulnerable in society, especially those who have been in the prison system (59%), have been refugees (54%) or have gone through the healthcare system (44%).

Kirstie Donnelly, CEO of City and Guilds, said: ‘We cannot continue to blame the pandemic for the problems faced by today’s youth.

“High youth unemployment has been a problem for more than a decade and the pandemic was just another challenge to an already cracking system that makes it incredibly difficult for young people to turn their aspirations into good jobs.

“Furthermore, our research found that young people who have faced additional challenges, such as young carers, care and prison leavers and those who come from less affluent families, fall far behind their peers in the labor market early in life . careers.

‘The current system bakes inequality and prevents millions of young people from reaching their potential.’

More than two in five (43%) do not believe their education has equipped them with the skills they need to get the job they want.

Two-thirds (64%) of young people say it’s not easy to find a good job these days, and almost a third (29%) say they’ve had trouble getting interviews.

One in five (19%) say there simply aren’t the available jobs in their area.

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