1 in 5 expect to live on benefits

A report by the Prince's Trust warns that poor exam results could cause thousands of young people across Wales to abandon their ambitions. The youth charity says one in five young people expect to end up on benefits.

'We've got to work together to help young people make a success of themselves'

Helen Mary Jones of Youth Cymru told ITV News young people need more encouragement to help better themselves during education.

1 in 5 young people currently believe they will end up on benefits if they do badly at school.

She said there must be better alternatives to academic education and young people must be given priority to not become a 'lost generation'.

Poor exam results 'lead pupils to abandon ambitions'

by Kevin Ashford

Youth charity the Prince's Trust has claimed that poor exam results are leading young people in Wales to give up on their ambitions. The Welsh Government says it is investing heavily in all areas of education, to ensure young people have the right opportunities.

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Welsh Government 'investing heavily' in vocational training

The Welsh Government says it is investing in vocational and work-based training programmes to ensure young people can fulfil their potential.

We want to ensure young people have access to high-quality education and training opportunities in order to fulfil their potential, either through a vocational or academic route.

That is why we are investing heavily in successful vocational and work-based training programmes such as Apprenticeships, allocating an additional £40m over the next two years .

This includes our Young Recruits Programme (YRP) initiative, which offers a wage subsidy to employers taking on a 16-24 year old apprentice. This means young people can earn while they learn and during 2011/2012 the apprenticeship completion rate stood at 85%.

Also our flagship youth employment programme, Jobs Growth Wales, has so far created 7,876 job opportunities, with 5,731 young people filling these jobs.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

Young people's ambitions 'crushed' by exam results

The Prince's Trust report's key findings for Wales include:

  • young people with fewer than five GCSEs are almost twice as likely to believe they will "never amount to anything"
  • more than a quarter admit they will always feel inferior to those who did better at school
  • one in ten feel their exam results will always hold them back

Thousands of young people's ambitions are crushed by exam results each year. Those with fewer than five GCSEs are almost twice as likely as their peers to believe that they will 'never amount to anything.' Many of these young people have faced problems at home or bullying at school, so their exam results don't reflect their true potential.

We need to do more to support those who are not academically successful, helping them develop vocational skills. Government, employers and charities must work together to get them into jobs. We need to show young people living here in Wales that they can be a success, even if they don't get five good GCSEs.

– Lesley Kirkpatrick, The Prince's Trust in Wales

One in five young people expect to 'end up on benefits'

The Prince's Trust is calling for more vocational support for those with poor grades Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

One in five young people in Wales leaving school with poor grades believe they will end up on benefits, according to The Prince's Trust. With exam results due out soon, the Trust is now calling for more vocational support for those leaving school with few qualifications.

The youth charity found that over one in ten young people in Wales believe their exam results will "always" hold them back and more than one in three young believe those who fail their exams will struggle to find a job in the future.