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Youth Index 2018

The Prince's Trust Macquarie Youth Index report for 2018, based on a YouGov survey, takes an in-depth look into the views and outlooks of young people aged 16 to 25. 

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Our 2018 Prince’s Trust Macquarie Youth Index reveals that the happiness and confidence young people feel in their lives has fallen to their lowest levels since the study was first commissioned in 2009.

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On the 1st of March 2018, new Prince’s Trust research will reveal that young people across the UK fear for their emotional health more than ever before, as worries about the future, money and generally ‘not being good enough’ pile up on them.
In light of the findings, The Prince’s Trust will call on the government and employers to promote positive mental wellbeing and support young people into fulfilling sustainable careers. It's #TimetoInvest in young people. By joining our Thunderclap with a single post to Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr, you can help us to rally support across the UK and spark a meaningful debate about how to address the issues facing young people today. It takes five minutes to sign up and, by pledging just one post that will go live on 1st March, you can help us to reach thousands of people across the country.

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This year’s report shows that concerns about job prospects are weighing on young minds – almost half of young people fear that there will be fewer job opportunities for their generation in the next three years, and the unpredictable political climate is making 59% of young people feel anxious about their future.

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Young people’s wellbeing, which dropped last year to its lowest level since the Index was first commissioned, has fallen again to a new low this year, and the number of young people who don’t feel in control of their lives has increased by more than one third year-on-year.

The ninth Index – based on a survey of 2,194 young people aged 16 to 25 – suggests that the current job market is holding young people back:

  • One in four working young people feel trapped in a cycle of jobs they don’t want
  • Almost a third (29%) of working young people have to take whatever jobs they can get rather than focus on developing their career
  • 59% of working young people feel they need opportunities to develop their skills before they can think about career options
  • 54% of all young people believe a lack of self-confidence holds them back
  • Almost a third (29%) of all young people think getting relevant work experience is one of the biggest challenges in pursuing a career
This report highlights a staggering deterioration in young people’s confidence in themselves and in their future. The cliff edge decline in young people not feeling in control of their lives echoes conversations we have every day with young people who speak of their fears about finding work, taking short term jobs over longer term careers and the knock on effect of heightened uncertainty in the economy. This has to be our moment to redouble what we do as a Trust and as a society. It is our fundamental belief that every young person should have the chance to succeed and when they do our country will also succeed.

Nick Stace, UK Chief Executive, The Prince's Trust

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Reveal the findings from the ninth Youth Index report

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