Towns branded jobs blackspots

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TWO South Yorkshire towns have been branded ‘blackspots’ for education, training and employment opportunities for young people.

Doncaster is ranked among the worst places in the country for the number of young people out of work, school or training - 25 per cent of the town’s younger population.

Barnsley is ranked as eighth in the list of blackspots, with 20 per cent of its young people unemployed, not receiving education or taking part in training programmes.

A report by the Work Foundation for the Private Equity Foundation found that time spent out of work, school and training can make young people more likely to turn to crime, leave them facing lower wages and reduce life expectancy.

The report warned a failure to address the issue would damage individuals and lead to growing costs for “government, our economy and society”.