Young people need the right support

Many people have days when they don’t want to leave the house, but thankfully they are few and far between.

But for one in ten young people in the north east, these feelings of anxiety are overwhelming and they often struggle to step out of their own front door.

The Prince’s Trust Macquarie Youth Index reveals that unemployed young people are even more likely to feel this way, causing them to slip further and further from the jobs market.

Looking for a job isn’t just about getting the right qualifications. Anyone who has ever interviewed someone will know that a strong CV counts for nothing if the candidate can’t even look you in the eye.

Youth unemployment may be falling but there are still thousands of young people who will struggle to find a job on their own.

Many of these young people are facing additional difficulties – from a troubled home life to bullying, health problems or being the caregiver for family members.

These problems can destroy a young person’s confidence and make leaving the house – let alone finding a job – a huge challenge.

At The Prince’s Trust, we know that these young people need support to get their lives on track.

Our programmes help thousands of young people in London every year, giving them the skills and confidence they need to tackle the problems they are facing and take the first steps towards a job.

For these young people, the right support can open up a world of opportunities that would otherwise be closed to them.

Jonathan Townsend

Director for North of England

The Prince’s Trust