Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Generation's Skills Are Going to Waste; the Recession Isn't Just Hurting Those Who Have Lost Jobs, with Thousands of Young People Not Even Able to Get on the Career Ladder to Start with. ROBERT WEATHERALL Spoke to Those Trying to Make Sure School Leavers Do Not Miss out on Their Chance to Enter the World of Work

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Generation's Skills Are Going to Waste; the Recession Isn't Just Hurting Those Who Have Lost Jobs, with Thousands of Young People Not Even Able to Get on the Career Ladder to Start with. ROBERT WEATHERALL Spoke to Those Trying to Make Sure School Leavers Do Not Miss out on Their Chance to Enter the World of Work

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Byline: ROBERT WEATHERALL

WHILE stories about job losses have dominated the media since the start of the credit crunch, less has been written about those unable to even get their first job.

Among the hidden casualties of an economic downturn are those who have yet to find their way into the world of work and have no one to speak up for them.

Thousands of school leavers and graduates in the North East, plus those leaving training schemes, have been joining the growing ranks of the unemployed as companies lay off existing staff and stop recruiting replacements.

Now the Prince's Trust charity has warned we are at risk of having a generation of young people who miss their opportunity to get on the career ladder.

It isn't just the young jobless people who will be missing out.

Business leaders suggest the region will also suffer as it won't have the skilled people necessary to help drag it out of recession when the economy does improve.

Figures from the charity suggest that more than 22,500 adults in the North East fear they will never have enough money to provide for themselves or their children. The research carried out by The Prince's Trust and Citi Foundation into people known as NEETS - not in Employment, Education or Training - warns that thousands of future nurses, teachers and plumbers could be lost if Britain fails to help unemployed young people into work.

David Beavis, Prince's Trust regional director for the North East, said: "Our region cannot afford to stifle its young talent.

"We must invest in young people now, giving them all the chance to achieve their ambitions and become the key workers of the future."

That message was backed up by Burt Pijls of Citi Foundation. He said: "Every one of the North East's unemployed young people has skills and talents that could make a real difference to this region. Only by investing in young people can we ensure this undiscovered generation isn't lost forever. …

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