School leavers face lack of job prospects

NDET 22-8-12 BWJ 2 Job Centre Young Jobless.
NDET 22-8-12 BWJ 2 Job Centre Young Jobless.

Teenagers picking up their GCSE grades in north Derbyshire today will have far few job prospects than in other parts of the country, a new study shows.

Young people in parts of the county have witnessed the most dramatic changes to their job prospects while at secondary school than any group for over 70 years.

In Chesterfield the number of 16 to 24-year-olds not in education or work has risen from 5.0 per cent in 2007 to 8.7 per cent in July 2012.

The rises places the town number 57 out of 380 local authorities who have seen the highest rise in jobseekers.

NE Derbyshire saw the rate of young jobseeker’s allowance claimants almost double from 3.3 per cent to 6.4 per cent over the last five years, placing it 92nd in the country’s ranking.

In Bolsover the number of young people out of work rose from 4.7 per cent to 7.4 per cent.

The study has been published by education specialists Ambitious Minds.

NE Derbyshire MP Natascha Engel said: “Youth unemployment is now at record levels and this has to be a real cause for concern.

“There needs to be a complete reassessment of the needs of young people as well as businesses so that we can start to correct this issue.“

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins added: “These figures are alarming.

“Youth unemployment has sky-rocketed to over a million – a shocking waste of talent

“This is a ticking timebomb. Leaving young people on the shelf will only store up problems for the future through the extra cost of benefits, and in some case crime and antisocial behaviour.”

For a full GCSE round-up check Derbyshire Times website tomorrow.