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15 April 2015, 06:54 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50
Half of young people in Leicester are nervous about their chances of getting a job.
A survey by Action for Children's found one in seven think they'll never get the career they want.
The charity's starting a project to help 22,000 young people get into work.
The survey of 15 to 26-year-olds in Leicester has revealed their fears of being ‘unemployable’ and ‘worthless’.
Action for Children has launched ‘Skills for Success’, aiming to equip young people with the basic skills and knowledge to help them into employment or training.
Laurie Long, Action for Children’s operational director of children’s services in the East Midlands, said: “A job is more than just ‘what you do’, it is a part of who you are and gives people a sense of worth.
“Young people across our region have told us they don’t feel employable, feel uncertain, lack confidence and are not getting the support and advice they need. Those that Action for Children supports have the additional burden of coping with turbulent, often traumatic lives. For them, the risk of unemployment and the financial, social and emotional problems that often come with it are even greater."