Young jobless have 'nothing to live for'

The research was based on interviews with 2,161 16 to 25-year-olds

The research was based on interviews with 2,161 16 to 25-year-olds

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A FIFTH of long-term unemployed young people in the UK feel they have nothing to live for, according to a study for the Prince's Trust charity.

The research was based on interviews with 2,161 16 to 25-year-olds.

Of these, 281 were not in employment, education or training, and 166 had been unemployed for more than six months.

The report found nine per cent of those surveyed agreed with the statement: ‘I have nothing to live for’.

For young people not in education, employment or training, the percentage of those agreeing with the statement rose to 21 per cent. The research found that long-term unemployed young people were more than twice as likely to have been prescribed anti-depressants, while one in three had contemplated suicide, and one in four had self-harmed.

Martina Milburn, chief executive of the Prince's Trust, said: "Unemployment is proven to cause devastating, long-lasting mental health problems among young people.

“Thousands wake up every day believing that life isn't worth living, after struggling for years in the dole queue.

“If we fail to act, there is a real danger that these young people will become hopeless, as well as jobless.”

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9:38pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

We have hundreds of thousands of immigrants coming into our country getting full time employment, this may be on the minimum wage but there working and living a better life than in there country's, nothing to live for, god help us. Get of your backsides, get a job, life is worth living if your prepared to work.
To those youngsters without a job I'll ask you a couple of questions, have you got a monthly payment mobile phone, are you at this moment in time watching a colour TV, can you afford a dozen cans of strong lager a week, if the answer is yes go and jump in the nearest river!!!
We have hundreds of thousands of immigrants coming into our country getting full time employment, this may be on the minimum wage but there working and living a better life than in there country's, nothing to live for, god help us. Get of your backsides, get a job, life is worth living if your prepared to work. To those youngsters without a job I'll ask you a couple of questions, have you got a monthly payment mobile phone, are you at this moment in time watching a colour TV, can you afford a dozen cans of strong lager a week, if the answer is yes go and jump in the nearest river!!! Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: -11

9:47pm Fri 3 Jan 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Self pitying urchins
All the opportunities in this country education, money, food, water, free health service, apprenticeships, jobs yes jobs that many that people flock from all over to do.
Think yourselves lucky you are not from war torn parts of Africa or Syria, then you may be excused for feeling down. They have no water ,food money, homes ect
Self pitying urchins All the opportunities in this country education, money, food, water, free health service, apprenticeships, jobs yes jobs that many that people flock from all over to do. Think yourselves lucky you are not from war torn parts of Africa or Syria, then you may be excused for feeling down. They have no water ,food money, homes ect 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -12

10:21pm Fri 3 Jan 14

happycyclist says...

Not only have we failed the next generation by spending all the money, we've left them no legacy and no hope. If you're over 40 you really should have a good look in the mirror because your parents' generation provided for you/us and we're the first generation in history to leave our descendants with less than we inherited.
The youngsters of today should be the angriest in history -but we voted in governments who dumbed down education systems and everything else so that they don't even realise that they SHOULD be angry.
Not only have we failed the next generation by spending all the money, we've left them no legacy and no hope. If you're over 40 you really should have a good look in the mirror because your parents' generation provided for you/us and we're the first generation in history to leave our descendants with less than we inherited. The youngsters of today should be the angriest in history -but we voted in governments who dumbed down education systems and everything else so that they don't even realise that they SHOULD be angry. happycyclist
  • Score: 13

10:24pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Mr Banford says...

I totally disagree with the above statements (excluding happycyclist).
I know plenty of young people who have applied for hundreds of jobs and have received no response from potential employers. Its not due to them not wanting to work its down to the lack of jobs. The immigrants as lancs-pensioner mentions are probably being employed either by underhand tactics or by friends and family.
I am in no way suggesting every young person is fighting to work for a living. i live next door to what i consider the scourge of the planet, i just think that in the current circumstances we are creating an awkward world where if young people don't get accepted in employment and have something to fight for then they will find it much easier to go and steal from their neighbour instead.
I totally disagree with the above statements (excluding happycyclist). I know plenty of young people who have applied for hundreds of jobs and have received no response from potential employers. Its not due to them not wanting to work its down to the lack of jobs. The immigrants as lancs-pensioner mentions are probably being employed either by underhand tactics or by friends and family. I am in no way suggesting every young person is fighting to work for a living. i live next door to what i consider the scourge of the planet, i just think that in the current circumstances we are creating an awkward world where if young people don't get accepted in employment and have something to fight for then they will find it much easier to go and steal from their neighbour instead. Mr Banford
  • Score: 7

10:47pm Fri 3 Jan 14

shelly19 says...

My 20 year old son applies for around 40 jobs a week and hasn't a single reply. He's done full time unpaid work at the local council for 8 weeks and now he works voluntarily at the local Credit Union 3 days a week . He doesn't go out, drink or own a mobile but no one will give him a chance. He has looked at apprenticeships but the only one advertised within 10 miles is for an apprentice cleaner paying £100 for 40 hours pw. His bus ticket would be £25pw out of this. He has still applied!
My 20 year old son applies for around 40 jobs a week and hasn't a single reply. He's done full time unpaid work at the local council for 8 weeks and now he works voluntarily at the local Credit Union 3 days a week . He doesn't go out, drink or own a mobile but no one will give him a chance. He has looked at apprenticeships but the only one advertised within 10 miles is for an apprentice cleaner paying £100 for 40 hours pw. His bus ticket would be £25pw out of this. He has still applied! shelly19
  • Score: 13

11:12pm Fri 3 Jan 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Somebody please answer this how come I have always worked for since I left school nearly 30 years ago, there are also many other people who have had no problem finding work. People come from all over the world to Britain some with no education just the willingness to work and they get on in living happy lives.
Then we have people born here giving access to a decent education system, a good health care system, given excellent chances, a roof over there heads. Then when it comes to working they can't, they sit and wallow in self pity blaming everyone else, for there lack of drive and determination. There favorite blame stick is the Government, ok the Government may not be brilliant but you can't blame them for everything.
Somebody please answer this how come I have always worked for since I left school nearly 30 years ago, there are also many other people who have had no problem finding work. People come from all over the world to Britain some with no education just the willingness to work and they get on in living happy lives. Then we have people born here giving access to a decent education system, a good health care system, given excellent chances, a roof over there heads. Then when it comes to working they can't, they sit and wallow in self pity blaming everyone else, for there lack of drive and determination. There favorite blame stick is the Government, ok the Government may not be brilliant but you can't blame them for everything. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -9

11:22pm Fri 3 Jan 14

shelly19 says...

Why should anyone give my son a chance? He has Aspergers so isn't quite as sociable and confident as most, but if someone gave him a chance they would find a very punctual, organised and dedicated worker. Employers don't have to though as they can cherry pick from the overskilled graduates or newly arrived jobseekers. The world is a very different place than it was 30 years ago as a lot of manufacturing and mill jobs have vanished overseas. When I left school you could walk out of a job in a morning and get another by the afternoon.
Why should anyone give my son a chance? He has Aspergers so isn't quite as sociable and confident as most, but if someone gave him a chance they would find a very punctual, organised and dedicated worker. Employers don't have to though as they can cherry pick from the overskilled graduates or newly arrived jobseekers. The world is a very different place than it was 30 years ago as a lot of manufacturing and mill jobs have vanished overseas. When I left school you could walk out of a job in a morning and get another by the afternoon. shelly19
  • Score: 10

11:24pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Mr Banford wrote:
I totally disagree with the above statements (excluding happycyclist).
I know plenty of young people who have applied for hundreds of jobs and have received no response from potential employers. Its not due to them not wanting to work its down to the lack of jobs. The immigrants as lancs-pensioner mentions are probably being employed either by underhand tactics or by friends and family.
I am in no way suggesting every young person is fighting to work for a living. i live next door to what i consider the scourge of the planet, i just think that in the current circumstances we are creating an awkward world where if young people don't get accepted in employment and have something to fight for then they will find it much easier to go and steal from their neighbour instead.
Unlike you Mr B I agree with some of your comments and also disagree with others your right not every young person can just get a job easily, your comments on Immigrants coming over and being employed by underhand tactics again may there may be a few but like the youth of today not ALL, the laws fine any employer £10,000 for employing an illegal immigrant.
Some young people are out there every day looking for work whilst others sit at home with there parents watching TV and drinking all day and night, how do the thousands, yes hundreds of thousands of immigrants get a job legally and also there are jobs in the paper as we speak, what do we hear, it doesn't pay enough, it's not the kind of work I like, I'd sooner do a Media course to get in TV ( a job in a million) , no sir to say kids are sat at home looking to kill themselves is bull sh@t, keep looking and lower your expectations, this may mean working for less than you get on benefits that I pay for.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Banford[/bold] wrote: I totally disagree with the above statements (excluding happycyclist). I know plenty of young people who have applied for hundreds of jobs and have received no response from potential employers. Its not due to them not wanting to work its down to the lack of jobs. The immigrants as lancs-pensioner mentions are probably being employed either by underhand tactics or by friends and family. I am in no way suggesting every young person is fighting to work for a living. i live next door to what i consider the scourge of the planet, i just think that in the current circumstances we are creating an awkward world where if young people don't get accepted in employment and have something to fight for then they will find it much easier to go and steal from their neighbour instead.[/p][/quote]Unlike you Mr B I agree with some of your comments and also disagree with others your right not every young person can just get a job easily, your comments on Immigrants coming over and being employed by underhand tactics again may there may be a few but like the youth of today not ALL, the laws fine any employer £10,000 for employing an illegal immigrant. Some young people are out there every day looking for work whilst others sit at home with there parents watching TV and drinking all day and night, how do the thousands, yes hundreds of thousands of immigrants get a job legally and also there are jobs in the paper as we speak, what do we hear, it doesn't pay enough, it's not the kind of work I like, I'd sooner do a Media course to get in TV ( a job in a million) , no sir to say kids are sat at home looking to kill themselves is bull sh@t, keep looking and lower your expectations, this may mean working for less than you get on benefits that I pay for. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: -5

11:28pm Fri 3 Jan 14

AnimalReid says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Somebody please answer this how come I have always worked for since I left school nearly 30 years ago, there are also many other people who have had no problem finding work. People come from all over the world to Britain some with no education just the willingness to work and they get on in living happy lives.
Then we have people born here giving access to a decent education system, a good health care system, given excellent chances, a roof over there heads. Then when it comes to working they can't, they sit and wallow in self pity blaming everyone else, for there lack of drive and determination. There favorite blame stick is the Government, ok the Government may not be brilliant but you can't blame them for everything.
Whilst you may have been in employment for 30 years, the problem is that many of these young people feel that working in McDonalds, shelf stacking etc is somehow 'below them'.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Somebody please answer this how come I have always worked for since I left school nearly 30 years ago, there are also many other people who have had no problem finding work. People come from all over the world to Britain some with no education just the willingness to work and they get on in living happy lives. Then we have people born here giving access to a decent education system, a good health care system, given excellent chances, a roof over there heads. Then when it comes to working they can't, they sit and wallow in self pity blaming everyone else, for there lack of drive and determination. There favorite blame stick is the Government, ok the Government may not be brilliant but you can't blame them for everything.[/p][/quote]Whilst you may have been in employment for 30 years, the problem is that many of these young people feel that working in McDonalds, shelf stacking etc is somehow 'below them'. AnimalReid
  • Score: 4

11:41pm Fri 3 Jan 14

fireonthemountain says...

shelly19 - may I respectfully give your son some advice ?

Firstly , tell him , never give up , never feel useless . Tell him that you
love him and will back him all the way . Never let him lose his self esteem .

Secondly - And this is important . NEVER apply for a job on line .
Prepare a written C.V . On a computer . Half a page maximum .

Send this , with a HAND WRITTEN letter to each major Supermarket .
Not the Head Office , find out the Manager's name and write to him personally . It's very easy to do , for example , if you write to Asda Chorley , address it for the personal attention of , mr/mrs "x" .

In the written letter , express his wish to join and learn the Retail Trade , his , willingness to start in the "back room" - ie working nights stacking shelves . (Dont make it sound desperate of course !) .

Do I know what I am talking about ?

Yes .

One of my kids started almost exactly like this .

He had failed - stayed in his room all day - his only friend was computer games - he , like your son had no mobile , didn't go out or drink .

He followed the advice above (which was actually given to me by a mate) .

Got a six week job to cover holidays in a job he hated and had to walk
there and back . Two hours each way . No joke .

Now - many years down the line - he travels the world - yes really .
Earns well over £200,000 a year , lovely wife , lovely house .

Yes he got a foot on the ladder .

That's all your son needs . He's obviously a "trier" .

Good Luck .

John .
shelly19 - may I respectfully give your son some advice ? Firstly , tell him , never give up , never feel useless . Tell him that you love him and will back him all the way . Never let him lose his self esteem . Secondly - And this is important . NEVER apply for a job on line . Prepare a written C.V . On a computer . Half a page maximum . Send this , with a HAND WRITTEN letter to each major Supermarket . Not the Head Office , find out the Manager's name and write to him personally . It's very easy to do , for example , if you write to Asda Chorley , address it for the personal attention of , mr/mrs "x" . In the written letter , express his wish to join and learn the Retail Trade , his , willingness to start in the "back room" - ie working nights stacking shelves . (Dont make it sound desperate of course !) . Do I know what I am talking about ? Yes . One of my kids started almost exactly like this . He had failed - stayed in his room all day - his only friend was computer games - he , like your son had no mobile , didn't go out or drink . He followed the advice above (which was actually given to me by a mate) . Got a six week job to cover holidays in a job he hated and had to walk there and back . Two hours each way . No joke . Now - many years down the line - he travels the world - yes really . Earns well over £200,000 a year , lovely wife , lovely house . Yes he got a foot on the ladder . That's all your son needs . He's obviously a "trier" . Good Luck . John . fireonthemountain
  • Score: 9

12:00am Sat 4 Jan 14

shelly19 says...

fireonthemountain, Thankyou for you're very welcome advice, I am still confident that someone will give a chance to prove himself and give him a job. He comes from a loving , working family who will never give up on him. Narrow minded people and stereotyping of the unemployed isn't good, some people are trying as best they can to find employment.
fireonthemountain, Thankyou for you're very welcome advice, I am still confident that someone will give a chance to prove himself and give him a job. He comes from a loving , working family who will never give up on him. Narrow minded people and stereotyping of the unemployed isn't good, some people are trying as best they can to find employment. shelly19
  • Score: 9

2:05pm Sat 4 Jan 14

juanbbien says...

AnimalReid wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Somebody please answer this how come I have always worked for since I left school nearly 30 years ago, there are also many other people who have had no problem finding work. People come from all over the world to Britain some with no education just the willingness to work and they get on in living happy lives.
Then we have people born here giving access to a decent education system, a good health care system, given excellent chances, a roof over there heads. Then when it comes to working they can't, they sit and wallow in self pity blaming everyone else, for there lack of drive and determination. There favorite blame stick is the Government, ok the Government may not be brilliant but you can't blame them for everything.
Whilst you may have been in employment for 30 years, the problem is that many of these young people feel that working in McDonalds, shelf stacking etc is somehow 'below them'.
Why do people always assume that they can just walk into a Macdonalds or Tesco,s like they are begging for personal ,it's quite difficult getting one of these positions as there are only limited places available and shouldn't be talked of in a patronising way
[quote][p][bold]AnimalReid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Somebody please answer this how come I have always worked for since I left school nearly 30 years ago, there are also many other people who have had no problem finding work. People come from all over the world to Britain some with no education just the willingness to work and they get on in living happy lives. Then we have people born here giving access to a decent education system, a good health care system, given excellent chances, a roof over there heads. Then when it comes to working they can't, they sit and wallow in self pity blaming everyone else, for there lack of drive and determination. There favorite blame stick is the Government, ok the Government may not be brilliant but you can't blame them for everything.[/p][/quote]Whilst you may have been in employment for 30 years, the problem is that many of these young people feel that working in McDonalds, shelf stacking etc is somehow 'below them'.[/p][/quote]Why do people always assume that they can just walk into a Macdonalds or Tesco,s like they are begging for personal ,it's quite difficult getting one of these positions as there are only limited places available and shouldn't be talked of in a patronising way juanbbien
  • Score: 3

7:08pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Copperhead says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Self pitying urchins
All the opportunities in this country education, money, food, water, free health service, apprenticeships, jobs yes jobs that many that people flock from all over to do.
Think yourselves lucky you are not from war torn parts of Africa or Syria, then you may be excused for feeling down. They have no water ,food money, homes ect
Who cares ? They aren't Brits so I don't give a rat's arse.
When we ran the World, they couldn't wait to get rid of us, so let them get on with it.
We don't go to them asking for aid, so why should we give them money that would be better spent here in the UK ?
Too many bleeding heart lefty-liberals in this country.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Self pitying urchins All the opportunities in this country education, money, food, water, free health service, apprenticeships, jobs yes jobs that many that people flock from all over to do. Think yourselves lucky you are not from war torn parts of Africa or Syria, then you may be excused for feeling down. They have no water ,food money, homes ect[/p][/quote]Who cares ? They aren't Brits so I don't give a rat's arse. When we ran the World, they couldn't wait to get rid of us, so let them get on with it. We don't go to them asking for aid, so why should we give them money that would be better spent here in the UK ? Too many bleeding heart lefty-liberals in this country. Copperhead
  • Score: 0

7:17pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Copperhead says...

Too many immigrants in the UK.
60,000,000+ people on this tiny rock is ridiculous.
This country de-industrialised courtesy of Thatcherscum and her lackeys so as to destroy union power and by association deny working people any kind of voice in determining their own destinies.
Now, we have immigrants who have driven down wages as they are able to work for much less money as they don't intend to stay here permanently and so don't need as much to make a life as do native Brits.
Too many jobs these days are unskilled and so anyone can do them - this is why the Tories got rid of our manufacturing base - unskilled workers need less education and have no bargaining chips.
Stop immigration, commence enforced repatriation and start import duties on all the crap coming in from China and India so as to give British manufacturers a chance to re-start our domestic industries.
Globalisation has done no-one any favours except the capitalist elite.
Too many immigrants in the UK. 60,000,000+ people on this tiny rock is ridiculous. This country de-industrialised courtesy of Thatcherscum and her lackeys so as to destroy union power and by association deny working people any kind of voice in determining their own destinies. Now, we have immigrants who have driven down wages as they are able to work for much less money as they don't intend to stay here permanently and so don't need as much to make a life as do native Brits. Too many jobs these days are unskilled and so anyone can do them - this is why the Tories got rid of our manufacturing base - unskilled workers need less education and have no bargaining chips. Stop immigration, commence enforced repatriation and start import duties on all the crap coming in from China and India so as to give British manufacturers a chance to re-start our domestic industries. Globalisation has done no-one any favours except the capitalist elite. Copperhead
  • Score: 3

1:35pm Sun 5 Jan 14

the white witch says...

It`s ok saying about the youngsters not getting any employment but what about those older generations that have been made redundant,or factory closed, the older people has less chance of getting back into employment than the youngsters as a lot of employers out there see the older people as a health risk & not much chance of learning them much else, whereas with youngsters they are young enough and fit enough to work for more years and learn new techniques. But because some olders have a partner in full time work they are not eligible for benefits of any kind. Where`s the justice??????
It`s ok saying about the youngsters not getting any employment but what about those older generations that have been made redundant,or factory closed, the older people has less chance of getting back into employment than the youngsters as a lot of employers out there see the older people as a health risk & not much chance of learning them much else, whereas with youngsters they are young enough and fit enough to work for more years and learn new techniques. But because some olders have a partner in full time work they are not eligible for benefits of any kind. Where`s the justice?????? the white witch
  • Score: 2

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