Steep rise in number of long-term young unemployed in Antrim, warns Prince’s Trust
THE number of young people in Antrim who are long-term unemployed has increased dramatically since the start of the recession, warns a new paper by youth charity The Prince’s Trust.
The research shows how the number of young people claiming Job Seekers Allowance for six months or more in Antrim has risen by 300% in the last four years.
In response to this steep rise in long-term joblessness, Prince’s Trust Ambassadors Alesha Dixon, Mark Ronson, Brooke Kinsella and SBTV-founder Jamal Edwards, will take part in the charity’s first live-streamed Youth Forum - reaching out to unemployed young people and those struggling with other issues in the UK today.
Against The Odds will be streamed live on The Trust’s Facebook page this Wednesday, giving young people the chance to have their questions answered by the celebrity panel - all of whom have overcome barriers to get where they are today.
The charity’s Ambassadors will be joined by young people who have lived through long-term unemployment themselves and a Twitter Q&A will take place with job experts from The Prince’s Trust.
The event, which is supported by HSBC, will be attended by young people being helped by The Trust to turn their lives around. The charity supports tens of thousands of vulnerable young people every year, developing self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four of those helped last year moved into jobs, education or training.
Ian Jeffers, Director with The Prince’s Trust in Northern Ireland, says: “More than a million young people in the UK today are struggling to find work - and, increasingly, many are becoming trapped in a cycle of long-term joblessness. They are losing confidence and skills - and, sadly, many are losing hope.
“This is why, for the first time, we are live-streaming a Youth Forum, Against The Odds, to inspire young people to get the support they need. Our message is that success is achievable - even in the face of rising long-term unemployment. This is a way for young people to hear from some famous faces who have achieved success against the odds themselves.”
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