Negative attitudes closing doors to jobs for young claims Futureversity

07:00 23 May 2012

Negative attitudes are closing doors to jobs for young people, according to the youth charity Futureversity.

Schools are not giving them confidence or skills to succeed, while employers have a negative attitude towards them, it has found.

The charity has released findings from a survey which asked youngsters about barriers to jobs which found more than half said they can’t afford to go to university. Nearly nine-out-of-10 believe politicians don’t understand or want to help.

The poll of 1,000 aged 16 to 25 revealed as many as 64 per cent believe employers and businesses are negative towards them, with 60 per cent saying they feel doors are closed when looking for jobs.

“They’re disillusioned and worried about the future,” said Futureversity’s chief executive Sarah Davies.

“Many can’t afford to go to university and feel stigmatised by employers.

“This is a generation crying out for more help and support—yet they don’t believe politicians and employers are listening.”

Nearly two-out-of-five feel stressed about their future, the survey has found.

More than half worry that they will get stuck in jobs below their aspirations and goals.

Futureversity, which began as a pilot crime prevention programme in Tower Hamlets in 1995, offers free courses to help youths develop skills and self belief.

The charity is calling for the government to look again at what more can be done to get the 16 to 25-year-olds into jobs.

Futureversity’s co-founder and patron Rushanara Ali, the Bethnal Green & Bow MP, said: “This is not the lazy generation that many make out. They have to work harder and be more determined than ever because of the obstacles in their way.”

The survey coincided with last week’s Parliamentary Queen’s Speech debate on jobs and growth. It was carried out to show how tough life has become for youngsters trying to enter the workforce.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
2 3 4 5 6

Latest London politics news

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Oxford Street has been called the most polluted street in Britain (Photo: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

Five major candidates for Mayor of London, including Sadiq Khan, Zac Goldsmith and Sian Berry, have said they would close Oxford Street to traffic.

Monday, October 5, 2015
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers his first keynote speech on day three of the Labour Party annual conference. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Jeremy Corbyn is due to speak at a protest against postal cuts in Manchester today, as his rival party meets in the city for its conference.

Monday, October 5, 2015
Police ushered the Mayor into the conference as protesters heckled and jeered (Photo: Mark McGowan/YouTube)

Mayor of London Boris Johnson was pelted with plastic balls as he arrived at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester today.

Friday, October 2, 2015
Zac Goldsmith will face Sadiq Khan in the battle for London in May 2016 (Picture: PA Images)

Environmentalist Richmond Park MP and Tory girls’ dreamboy Zac Goldsmith has been picked as the Conservative Party’s candidate for London Mayor, winning the contest with 70% of the vote. Here London24 brings you some of the funniest Twitter reactions to his selection.

Monday, September 28, 2015
View from Commercial Street of how Bishopsgate goodsyard development will look

A battle for the heart of east London has now switched to City Hall in a manoeuvre to get Boris Johnson to push through the controversial Bishopsgate goodsyard development before he steps down as Mayor of London next May.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Ed Palmer, 28, is part of a group trying to spread the message on social media that many 'junior doctors' are adults a way into their career (Picture: Whittington Whatsapp Group)

We spoke to some of London’s junior doctors - essentially any medic who isn’t a consultant - to find out how people are reacting inside the NHS to the government’s plan to make doctors ‘work longer hours for less money’.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Line-Up Events


You could be splashing the cash at Topshop!

Just imagine what you could do with £1,000 to spend at Topshop.

Read more
You won't need to fork out for groceries for a while!

Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets, prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here!

Read more

Latest Tech News