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
So, was this week's Budget downbeat or aspirational? Helen Ford is joined by MPs Helen Goodman, Anne McIntosh and Tim Farron to examine the state of the nation's finances, and the likely effect of the Chancellor's measures on us all.
You can see the full debate on the Budget - as well as analysis of welfare reforms that are about to be piloted in the North East - on Around The House with Helen Ford, tonight at 11.50pm on ITV.