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Finding employment 'tougher for youngsters from disadvantaged background'

Published 26/07/2016

Prince's Trust chief executive Martina Milburn said the 'social bank of mum and dad' is just as important as their income
Prince's Trust chief executive Martina Milburn said the 'social bank of mum and dad' is just as important as their income

Young people from poorer backgrounds are more likely than their better-off peers to say they do not know anyone who could help them find a job, a study has found.

One in five youngsters had work experience thanks to their parents - twice as many as those from a poorer background, r esearch by the Prince's Trust found .

A survey of 2,000 people aged between 16 and 25 found those from a poor background were disadvantaged when looking for work.

More than two out of five with a poorer upbringing said they did not know anyone who could help them find a job, compared with 26% of others.

Young people from a poor background were also less likely to have had help writing a CV, filling out a job application or preparing for an interview.

More than one in four thought people like them did not get decent jobs and a similar number said their family did not know how to support them when they left school.

The Trust defined people from poorer backgrounds as being in receipt of free school meals. Other variables such as family income were also taken into account.

Prince's Trust chief executive Martina Milburn said: "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."

The report, published to mark the Trust's 40th anniversary, said lack of family support when growing up could have a negative impact on job prospects and self-confidence later in life.

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