Job concerns are lowering youth morale

Young people in a working environment

New research by the Prince’s Trust shows that job concerns and low self-confidence are swelling youth anxiety.

Over 50% of 2,200 16-25 year olds surveyed throughout the UK felt it was harder to get a job than a year ago, while 42% felt owning a home and holding down a steady job were unrealistic goals.

For the 22,000 blind young people in the UK the outlook is even bleaker. According to the Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC), formerly the Royal London Society for Blind People, 90% of those who lose their sight in youth won’t work for more than six months in their lives.

Research published in RSBC’s Youth Manifesto in 2014 revealed that nine out of ten employers believe it is difficult or impossible to employ a blind person and it also highlighted that blind young people need a degree in order to have the same chances of getting a job as a sighted peer who has GCSEs.

RSBC believes these statistics are unacceptable and is working to improve the life-chances for blind young people. We aim to make sure every single blind child in England and Wales has the self-belief and skills to fulfil their potential.

You can read the full findings of the Prince’s Trust report on the BBC News website.

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