Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Teenagers in Region Lacking Faith in Future; NORTH EAST CONFIDENCE LEVELS ARE LOWEST IN COUNTRY

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Teenagers in Region Lacking Faith in Future; NORTH EAST CONFIDENCE LEVELS ARE LOWEST IN COUNTRY

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Byline: HANNAH GRAHAM Reporter hannah.graham@trinitymirror.com @HannahGraham21

TEENAGERS in the North East are the least confident in the country about their futures.

That's according to vocational education organisation City and Guilds, which, ahead of today's GCSE results, published research showing less than half of the region's young people expect to be working in the job of their choice in 10 years' time.

Just 45% expected to be in a career of their choice by 2026, while 17% thought it "unlikely" they'd be doing a job they wanted.

This is coupled with low salary expectations. People who grow up in the North East think they'll be earning as much as PS6,510 less than youngsters in London predict.

Kirstie Donnelly MBE, City and Guilds managing director, said: "Our research demonstrates that young people in the North East are not aware of the range of career paths open to them and as a result are setting their sights low.

"They deserve to be made aware of the breadth of career opportunities in their home town both for their own sakes and to ensure the future success of the city's many thriving businesses."

She added that while the Government has taken some measures to improve careers advice across the country, there was much more work to do.

The survey suggested many were likely to miss out on lucrative jobs simply because they were not aware of what was on offer.

On top of that, there was a mismatch between the jobs teens said they wanted, and those which economic forecasters say are likely to be available.

Fewer than 700 Newcastle teens surveyed expressed an interest in becoming a nurse, despite expectations that the city will need 3,000 nurses in 2020.

But many were interested in careers in the trades seen as traditional to the region. This included metalworking production, which saw 10 times more young people interested in working in the sector than the jobs that will be available by 2022.

Megan Savage, 19, from Wallsend, says she agrees that many young people in the North East have narrow ideas about the sorts of careers available. …

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