Barnsley named as ‘blackspot’ for jobs

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Barnsley has been identified as a youth unemployment ’blackspot’.

A study by the Work Foundation found the unemployment among 16 to 24-year-olds was over 25 per cent in many cities, including Middlesbrough, Glasgow and Hull.

The organisation claims the Government’s attempts to tackle the UK’s youth unemployment ‘crisis’ has failed, leaving a generation of young people facing a bleak future.

The Work Foundation said youngsters leaving school with only GCSEs were more than twice as likely to be unemployed as those with better qualifications.

The report calls for action to improve apprenticeships, more work experience placements and batter careers advice.

Lizzie Crowley of the Work Foundation said: “The UK’s youth unemployment crisis continues to affect almost a million young people.

“It is shocking that in some cities almost a third of young people are looking for work but are unable to find it. Urgent action is needed to ensure young people get the right support to either continue in school, further training or with getting a job.

“Central government’s top-down attempts to tackle the crisis have failed.”