Number of unemployed youngsters doubles in city

Daily Echo: Alan Dowden Alan Dowden

THE number of young people unemployed in Winchester has almost doubled since the start of the recession, a new survey reveals.

The Prince’s Trust, which works to tackle youth unemployment, published its annual Youth Index on Thursday.

It said the number of 16 to 24-year-olds out of work in July 2008 was 1,100, compared to 2,100 in July 2013 – an increase of about 91 per cent.

The trust also said that 16 per cent of young people across the south east had experienced mental health issues, including suicidal thoughts or panic attacks, as a direct result of unemployment.

One in five of those surveyed said they felt like an “outcast”.

Last year the charity worked with 3,871 disadvantaged young people across the region and staff say they have seen a 188 per cent increase in the number of young people claiming benefits for more than six months since the beginning of the recession.

Hampshire County Councillor Alan Dowden is the Liberal Democrat spokesman for adult social care. He said: “We have serious financial constraints but I do believe sometimes we can find money for wars quite readily, and we dish money out all over the world, but charity starts at home and we should be looking after our own youngsters.

“They’re the lost generation.

Most unemployed adults have experienced work and have had some training.

“But these young people who have not experienced it could get trapped in a cycle.”

Chief executive of Winchester CAB, Jenny Meadows, said she was surprised at the drastic increase.

“When young people come to us it’s generally about consumer- type issues, such as mobile phone contracts, but we have got quite a few other unemployed people who get tied up in payday loans. When they get to the stage when they cannot pay them back, then what do they do?”

“In Winchester the number of young people coming into the bureau who are in difficulty because they’re unemployed has been quite steady,”

she said.

But Dermot Finch, southern regional director of The Prince’s Trust, said in the south east there are 7,360 young people facing long-term unemployment and that many of those slip under the radar.

“Our research highlights that unemployed young people are significantly less likely to ask for help if they are struggling to cope.

“Our message to them is this: there are organisations out there that can help you. At The Prince’s Trust, we provide vulnerable young people with sustained support, through both our long-term personal development programmes and our work within schools across the capital.

“If you are struggling to get back into work, education or training, you are not alone and you need not struggle alone,” he said.

For more information about The Prince’s Trust visit princestrust.

org.uk/ youthindex or follow The trust on Facebook or Twitter.

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3:46pm Sun 5 Jan 14

thesouth says...

That's odd because I'm always seeing job adverts for cleaners, pizza delivery drivers etc......oh hang on, it's because they only want jobs with a flashy titles and higher wages than they are qualified for
That's odd because I'm always seeing job adverts for cleaners, pizza delivery drivers etc......oh hang on, it's because they only want jobs with a flashy titles and higher wages than they are qualified for thesouth

4:03pm Sun 5 Jan 14

issacchunt says...

thesouth wrote:
That's odd because I'm always seeing job adverts for cleaners, pizza delivery drivers etc......oh hang on, it's because they only want jobs with a flashy titles and higher wages than they are qualified for
Pizza delivery drivers, would you come off benefits for that job ? Do you see many unemployed teens with their own cars let alone licences and business insurance?

Have some sympathy, almost all the starter jobs that got you into a company have been taken by an adult immigrant. Yeah I know " racist comment", actually its the truth and in no way racist.
[quote][p][bold]thesouth[/bold] wrote: That's odd because I'm always seeing job adverts for cleaners, pizza delivery drivers etc......oh hang on, it's because they only want jobs with a flashy titles and higher wages than they are qualified for[/p][/quote]Pizza delivery drivers, would you come off benefits for that job ? Do you see many unemployed teens with their own cars let alone licences and business insurance? Have some sympathy, almost all the starter jobs that got you into a company have been taken by an adult immigrant. Yeah I know " racist comment", actually its the truth and in no way racist. issacchunt

4:08pm Sun 5 Jan 14

vag says...

This is Winchester we are talking about here. It's not exactly the sort of place that is conducive to employment opportunities for this age group. People read about the low unemployment rate in Winchester, then assume it's a hotbed of employment opportunity. The truth is, that there are a lot of retired types, and some very wealthy types, who don't need to work. Also a lot of folk live there but work in London. Both these things can give the wrong impression to the uninitiated.
This is Winchester we are talking about here. It's not exactly the sort of place that is conducive to employment opportunities for this age group. People read about the low unemployment rate in Winchester, then assume it's a hotbed of employment opportunity. The truth is, that there are a lot of retired types, and some very wealthy types, who don't need to work. Also a lot of folk live there but work in London. Both these things can give the wrong impression to the uninitiated. vag

5:00pm Sun 5 Jan 14

newsknight says...

issacchunt wrote:
thesouth wrote:
That's odd because I'm always seeing job adverts for cleaners, pizza delivery drivers etc......oh hang on, it's because they only want jobs with a flashy titles and higher wages than they are qualified for
Pizza delivery drivers, would you come off benefits for that job ? Do you see many unemployed teens with their own cars let alone licences and business insurance?

Have some sympathy, almost all the starter jobs that got you into a company have been taken by an adult immigrant. Yeah I know " racist comment", actually its the truth and in no way racist.
Re: driving licences - young people cannot afford them or the lessons (ordinary young people that is, not spoiled rich kids!) - I myself wrote to Dowden and the relevant government minister 2 years ago as qualified young mechanics are unable to get jobs due to not having a driving licence. My suggestion was for a loan system similar to University Tuition Fees that can enable these people to obtain their licence and with it the opportunity to work - FELL ON DEAF EARS - not all youngsters want University, but the assistance for other trained individuals to enter the jobs market is lacking....
[quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thesouth[/bold] wrote: That's odd because I'm always seeing job adverts for cleaners, pizza delivery drivers etc......oh hang on, it's because they only want jobs with a flashy titles and higher wages than they are qualified for[/p][/quote]Pizza delivery drivers, would you come off benefits for that job ? Do you see many unemployed teens with their own cars let alone licences and business insurance? Have some sympathy, almost all the starter jobs that got you into a company have been taken by an adult immigrant. Yeah I know " racist comment", actually its the truth and in no way racist.[/p][/quote]Re: driving licences - young people cannot afford them or the lessons (ordinary young people that is, not spoiled rich kids!) - I myself wrote to Dowden and the relevant government minister 2 years ago as qualified young mechanics are unable to get jobs due to not having a driving licence. My suggestion was for a loan system similar to University Tuition Fees that can enable these people to obtain their licence and with it the opportunity to work - FELL ON DEAF EARS - not all youngsters want University, but the assistance for other trained individuals to enter the jobs market is lacking.... newsknight

6:21pm Sun 5 Jan 14

gilbertratchet says...

thesouth wrote:
That's odd because I'm always seeing job adverts for cleaners, pizza delivery drivers etc......oh hang on, it's because they only want jobs with a flashy titles and higher wages than they are qualified for
I wonder if that's because the previous generation constantly told their children they had to get a good education etc, or else they'd end up with a rubbishy job like being a cleaner, or a pizza delivery driver.

We've short-changed our kids by promising them that hard work at school would pay off. We can't blame them for feeling entitled to something we told them all their life they'd be entitled to.
[quote][p][bold]thesouth[/bold] wrote: That's odd because I'm always seeing job adverts for cleaners, pizza delivery drivers etc......oh hang on, it's because they only want jobs with a flashy titles and higher wages than they are qualified for[/p][/quote]I wonder if that's because the previous generation constantly told their children they had to get a good education etc, or else they'd end up with a rubbishy job like being a cleaner, or a pizza delivery driver. We've short-changed our kids by promising them that hard work at school would pay off. We can't blame them for feeling entitled to something we told them all their life they'd be entitled to. gilbertratchet

8:50pm Sun 5 Jan 14

03alpe01 says...

Talk about an economic recovery!
Talk about an economic recovery! 03alpe01

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