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Nearly half of young people in the South West get no support with job hunt

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New figures from the Prince's Trust has revealed nearly half of young people in the South West receive no support when searching for a job. The report marks the 40th anniversary of the charity and highlights how "inherited opportunity" is leaving the poorest behind.

Prince Charles, who is patron of the charity, is visiting the Bristol branch to discuss the report and help mark its 40th anniversary.

The Prince of Wales is president of the Prince's Trust. Credit: PA

The report reveals the social impact the youth charity has had over the last ten years alone, through its help for disadvantaged young people. It flags up some surprising statistics.


of young people in the South West said they had no support from anyone when searching for a job
of the young people “rarely” or “never” received help with their homework
Almost a fifth of the young people said they feel hopeless about the future

The campaign highlights the so-called 'bank of mum and dad' which the Trust says is dividing young people.

We support over 3,000 young people each year in the South West alone, and three in four of the young people we help move into work, education or training, helping to build their self-esteem and break the cycle of poverty and disadvantage.

There is a social bank of mum and dad which can open as many doors as the financial bank of mum and dad. Sadly, not all young people have the same access to it, and all too often young people are locked out of jobs and other opportunities simply because of where they’ve started in life.

– Dermot Finch, Prince's trust

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Wiltshire astronaut Tim Peake will also be at today's event - giving a talk on engineering. He's recently returned to earth after months on board the International Space Station.

British astronaut Tim Peake recently came back from space. Credit: PA