One in six young people in the North East "expects to end up on benefits", according to a new report by the Prince's Trust. Among UK school leavers with poor exam results, the number rises to one in three.
More than one in six young people living in the North East expect to end up on benefits. The research, published by The Prince's Trust, also found 40 per cent of young people here did not achieve five GCSEs graded A star to C last year.
With this year's results just days away, the youth charity is calling for more vocational support for school leavers who may be struggling.
Thousands of young people's ambitions are crushed by exam results each year.Many of these young people have faced problems at home or bullying at school, so their exam results don't reflect their true potential.
It is now more important than ever to invest in vocational support and training for young people who are not academically successful.
Government, employers and charities must work together to get them into jobs. Without this, thousands will struggle to compete, leaving them hopeless and jobless.
– – MARTINA MILBURN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE PRINCE'S TRUST