Destined for the Dole?

Thousands of young people from jobless families could be destined to join their parents in the dole queue according to a new report.

Young people from workless families are significantly more likely to struggle to find a job themselves.

The study “Destined for the dole?”, carried out by market research agency Qa Research is part of The Prince’s Trust Undiscovered campaign.

It reveals that young people from workless families are significantly more likely to struggle to find a job themselves, as well as feeling far less confident about their future.

Seventy per cent have struggled to find a job, while nearly one in five expect to end up on benefits because other people around them have.

The report based on interviews with 2,048 16-to-24-year-olds, states that one in five young people say that seeing their parents out of work has made them anxious about finding a job.

One in four feel their parents don’t have the knowledge to help them find employment, while almost one in ten haven’t even thought about what career they want.

Martina Milburn, chief executive, youth charity The Prince’s Trust said: “Too many young people are facing a cycle of worklessness and can’t see a way out. It is a tragedy to think that so many feel condemned to a life on benefits.

“Only by giving young people skills, confidence and positive role models can we help them break out of this unemployment trap. If we fail to stop these disadvantaged young people becoming disadvantaged adults, this cycle will continue to blight these families for generations to come.”

Innovative commercial recycler and social welfare charity Recycling Lives, is offering a unique solution to the growing national problems of homelessness, worklessness, welfare dependency, social exclusion and educational disadvantage.

Recycling Lives offers those facing an uncertain future, such as those featured in this report, the opportunity to change their lives for the better; through accommodation, education, training and work experience.

Recycling Lives Residents are offered voluntary work placements to help them gain the practical experience they need to flourish in the working world.

According to the report more than six out of ten young people said that having more volunteering opportunities in their local area would give them the skills they needed to find a job.

The UK has one of the highest overall rates of workless households in the EU, third only to Belgium and Hungary; with nearly 4.8 million working-age people living in a household where no-one works.

Recycling Lives is currently working on deploying a national and international development programme that will see 50 new Recycling Lives centres created across the UK, with 10 of those in the North West in the next two years.

Recycling Lives will not eradicate worklessness, homelessness and welfare dependency overnight but with the help of its Corporate Partners it will be able to reduce the amount of people marginalised by our society tenfold.