Research by The Prince’s Trust and Censuswide has found that many young people are struggling to work out how to get their lives back on track following changes in the job market post-lockdown
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The pandemic has caused a crisis of confidence for young people who worry about their skills for work, according to new research by The Prince’s Trust.
The research by The Prince’s Trust and Censuswide has found that many young people are struggling to work out how to get their lives back on track following changes in the job market post-lockdown and are battling poor mental health and low self-esteem as a result.
The survey quizzed over 2,000 16 to 25 year olds and found that 52% of young people report that they have lost confidence in themselves during the pandemic. For young people from low income backgrounds, this rises to 60%.
Only 1 in 5 participants feel confident enough to go after a job they want and 44% feel that over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic that started in 2019, they have even lost confidence in their ability to do the job they are trained to do.
Celebrity ambassador and tv presenter Christine Lampard has pleaded for an end to “this level of hopelessness” among young people.
Half of those from low income backgrounds said that they don’t know how they will get their lives back on track and 60% said not being able to find a job makes them feel anxious.
Jonathan Townsend, chief executive of The Prince’s Trust says: “Today’s research shows that without increased support for young people in the UK, the legacy of the pandemic will be a substantial crisis of confidence in our future workforce.
“Young people have faced significant disruption to their employment and education, at a time when our economy and jobs market is in flux. As we look forward into 2022, there is still a huge amount to do to restore young people’s confidence and rebuild the skills they need for the jobs available now, and the jobs of the future. It is in all of our interests to support the younger generation into sustainable jobs, to help rebuild our economy.”
The Prince’s Trust help young people to gain skills and confidence for future careers and training.
‘The right support can make all the difference to people such as Hassan’
– Comment, by Christine Lampard
“I recently had the great pleasure of joining HRH The Prince of Wales at his home in London to tell a young man, Hassan Alkawam, that he had won The Prince’s Trust Young Achiever of the Year Award at The Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards.
“It was an honour to be able to play a small part in celebrating Hassan’s incredible story of strength, resilience and kindness and sharing it with the world. Hassan and his family fled their home in Syria due to the war and were then given refugee status and rehomed in Northern Ireland, a place I am proud to call home.
“The Prince’s Trust in Northern Ireland supported Hassan with a grant to pay for English language lessons, and then supported him onto a 4-week employability course that led him to get a job in Tesco. Hassan was able to work throughout the pandemic for Tesco and was accepted to university and started a course in Software Engineering at Queens University Belfast in September.
“This support from The Trust was absolutely crucial in building Hassan’s skills for work and confidence to go into a job and get on the path towards his dream of going to university.
“I have been a proud Ambassador of The Prince’s Trust for over 10 years, and I continue to be amazed and inspired by the work it does to support young people build the confidence and skills they need for work and education. Enabling young people, particularly those from disadvantaged and low-income backgrounds, to get valuable work, earn enough to live independently, develop friendships and contribute to our economy is truly essential following the disruption caused by the pandemic.
“Today’s report from The Prince’s Trust and Censuswide shows us the legacy that the pandemic has left on the young people in the UK. This “crisis of confidence” among young people highlights that there is still so much for us all to do to restore young people’s self-esteem and their confidence in their skills for work.
“Something that really stands out to me is that 44% of young people say they don’t know how they’ll get their lives back on track. We simply cannot allow young people across the UK to feel this level of hopelessness.
“It is a responsibility for all of us to ensure there is enough support for young people right now who need it. They are our future workforce and yet their self-esteem has taken a hit, and many are feeling anxious about their future.
“Through my work with The Prince’s Trust, I have met so many talented, creative and driven young people with big dreams, who just need the help and guidance of an organisation like The Trust to give them the confidence to go boldly into their future. Seeing the transformation in Pride of Britain winner Hassan is testament to what can be achieved with the right support.
“The Prince’s Trust runs free courses to help young people gain the skills they need for work, get back into education, find work experience, and importantly, develop the confidence they need to fulfil their potential. If you know a young person who is struggling, let them know about The Prince’s Trust – it might be what they need to get their life back on track.”