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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.
Claire Montgomery reports.
Dermot Finch, The Prince's Trust.
Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, was visiting teenagers taking part in the National Citizen Service programme in Redcar.
They have signed up for the whole summer holiday to gain new experiences.
One in six young people in the North East expects to end up living on benefits, according to a new report by the Prince's Trust - a charity that works with disadvantaged young people.
The research is based on interviews with 2,342 people aged 16-25.
- 1 in 10 believes their exam results will "always hold them back"
- 1 in 5 admits they will always feel inferior to those who did better at school
- Nationally, 1 in 3 school leavers with poor results expects to end up on benefits