The Prince's Trust annual Youth Index reveal that NEETs (Not in education or training) are significantly less happy across all areas of their lives.
John Michael Waugh is working at a hospital after securing a job following a Prince's Trust work placement.
He told ITV News that after the "darkest" time of his life when he was unemployed for a year, his job is "something to be happy about".
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