Interview on Monday
Via Scott Wright
The effect of the coronavirus pandemic on young people is not sugarcoated by KATE STILL, director of The Prince’s Trust in Scotland, the very citizens the charity is intended to support.
Ms. Also states that older and vulnerable persons, as the grim and still-rising death toll sadly reveals, bear the brunt of the physical effects of Covid-19. But the effect is still very real on the younger generation. And, Ms. Still said, if we are not vigilant, there is a danger that they will be long-lasting.
It is made plain by the sober figures. A research conducted last week by Paul Gregg of Bath University,
A leading authority on the labor market,
It cautioned that when the Furlough program ends this month, almost one million 16- to 24-year-olds who are not in full-time education or jobs will struggle to find work.
The report came soon after the most recent official U.K. Labor market figures have shown that the unemployment rate rose from 10.5 percent to 13.1 percent for people aged 18 to 24.
“If the health crisis has had a disproportionate impact on older people, it has also had a disproportionate impact on the prospects and confidence of young people,” said Ms. Still.
With 16- to 25-year-olds disproportionately represented, particularly hospitality and retail, in the industries most affected by the pandemic, Ms. Still recognized that the difficulties young people face in the job market remain important.
And, as the latest Young People In Lockdown study published by The Prince’s Trust and YouGov reveals, it’s not as if the pandemic hasn’t already taken its toll on the mental wellbeing of young adults. “Basically, 43 percent of young people across the UK feel that their anxiety levels have increased as a result of the crisis,” Ms. Still said. “32 percent said they are overwhelmed by feelings of panic and anxiety. Fifty-two percent said it will be harder than ever to find a job.”
Every year, thousands of young people in Scotland are sponsored by the Prince’s Trust to transition to jobs, education and training and to start businesses.
Perhaps predictably, in the early days of the lockdown, demand for its services soared. The Trust initially relied mainly on “feel-good” calls to help young people deal with the many worries and concerns that the crisis brought, without the ability to meet people face-to-face. Throughout the crisis, The Trust offered incessant web chat services.
“We maintained contact with young people throughout the lockdown, but it was a pretty big adjustment. It was a big cultural shift,” Ms. Still said.
The problems remain. The Trust continues to promote funding to counter “digital poverty” and support those who are struggling due to overcrowding to work at home.
“It’s very difficult for some young people to maintain their education or maintain their interest in what’s going on or apply [for jobs]if they don’t have a laptop or only have a smartphone in the home,” Ms. Still said. “There have been a lot of challenges around access to equipment, and we’ve been advocating for young people to get more resources for that.”
Yet there are glimmers of hope in even the worst of times. For one thing, the Trust was able to extend the usability of its online resources, such as business referrals, expertise in employability and content for personal and social growth.
Recently, a young person from the Shetland Islands was able to attend a business course which would not otherwise have been possible. They would not have had the chance to visit one of our centers
To go to one of our centers to do so,” he said.”
Stated Ms. Still.
The positive effect of the Prince’s Trust and the NatWest Entrepreneurial Relief Fund is demonstrated by Ms. Still, who has spent her career working in employability, education and youth services.
Since the fund was launched in April, 102 applications have been accepted so far, meaning £ 358,000 has been awarded to young people for their companies. A further 77 applications are available.
Currently under investigation.
For some young individuals who had fallen through the cracks, this was really important,”This was really crucial for some young people who had fallen through the cracks,” They started their own companies,