Sheffield young ‘expect to be on benefits’

Eyan Maloney, case study for The Prince's Trust
Eyan Maloney, case study for The Prince's Trust
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More than one in seven young people in Sheffield expects to ‘end up on benefits’, a new report claims.

The Prince’s Trust statistics also show one in three school-leavers with poor grades thought they would not be able to get a job.

Research, based on interviews with 2,342 people aged from 16 to 25, reveals almost one in ten young people in the city believes their exam results will ‘always’ hold them back.

Jonathan Townsend, trust director for the north of England, said: “Thousands of young people’s ambitions are crushed by exam results each year.”

Those with fewer than five GCSEs are almost twice as likely to believe that they will ‘never amount to anything’.

“We need to do more to support those who are not academically successful. Government, employers and charities must work together to get them into jobs.”

Eyan Maloney, of Shiregreen, left school with no GCSEs and went straight into the Army. But the 30-year-old was forced to leave due to a medical discharge.

He said: “Having no qualifications or work experience made it even harder, as I wasn’t able to find employment when I got back to the UK and couldn’t support myself.”

Eyan now runs a lock smith business with the support of the Trust.

He said: “It just goes to show that you don’t need to have passed all your exams to be able to make a success of yourself.”