A new study by the Prince’s Trust reports that one in five young people ‘abandoned their ambitions’ upon leaving school with poor grades.

A common comment among the 2,342 16 to 25-year-olds was that they had ‘nothing to get up for in the morning’.

Of the school pupils surveyed, one in six young people believe they will ‘end up on benefits’ after finishing school, while 28% of participants who left school at 16 regretted their choice to not pursue further education.

The Trust is calling on employers, charities and the Government to provide solutions to the dejection experienced by school leavers.

Martina Milburn, chief executive of the Prince’s Trust, said that without vocational support and employability training, ‘thousands will struggle to compete, leaving them hopeless and jobless’.

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