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Young people in poorest areas of Wales left behind

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Achievement for young people in Wales is still being dictated by where they love according to new data from the Learning and Work Institute Cymru.

The Youth Opportunity Index, the first of its kind in Wales, showed that young people growing up in deprived areas have the least access to opportunities.

The index ranks each local authority in Wales by levels of educational achievement and employment outcomes for young people.

This includes a range of measures from GCSE performance to participation in Higher Education and Apprenticeships.

The South East Wales Valleys show high levels of disadvantage with Torfaen, Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent the four lowest scoring authorities.

Too often opportunities for young people in education and employment are still dictated not by their ability and how hard they work but where they grow up.

We are seeing a long shadow of industrial declines, with young people growing up in these 'left-behind' communities still suffering from poorer opportunities.

– David Hagendyk, Director of Learning and Work Institute Cymru