LETTER: Hard for young people to find work

As we begin this new year, many of Lincolnshire’s young people are still without work.

The headline rate of unemployment has thankfully come down recently but official estimates suggest it could go up again over the next year.

It’s a tough time for young people across the whole of the UK. The Prince’s Trust Youth Index has revealed that one in 10 young people in the East Midlands (nine per cent) feel they cannot cope with day-to-day life. Tellingly, the young unemployed are significantly more likely to feel this way.

Here in Lincolnshire we are becoming increasingly concerned about the number of young, long-term unemployed. Indeed the number of 16 to 24 year-olds claiming Jobseekers Allowance for more than six months in Lincolnshire has more than quadrupled since before the recession.

Many young people who come to our youth charity for help report feelings of isolation, depression and anxiety due to being out of work. Quite simply, we cannot afford to put them on hold for another year.

There is much to do in 2013 to guide the most vulnerable young people in Lincolnshire into jobs – but, working with employers, agencies and local government, we can increase the number of young lives we change. To see how you can help us, visit www.princes-trust.org.uk/central

John O’Reilly

Regional Director, Central England, The Prince’s Trust