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Teen angst about post-Brexit jobs

But most London teenagers are planning new skills to keep themselves competitive.

London teenagers are worried about their future job prospects following the decision to leave the EU, but most are planning to learn new skills to help them stand out from the crowd.

The research, conducted by Skills London, found that over two thirds (67%) of teenagers in the capital thought Brexit would have an impact on their future job prospects. And, of those, 89% were concerned or unsure about what it means for them.

But a whopping 9 out of 10 teenagers (92%) are planning to learn or improve a skill over the next few years. Mathematics or financial skills are the most popular choice (39%), but nearly one in three teenagers (30%) are intending to learn a new language and over a quarter will improve their digital skills (26%).

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Ensuring our young people begin their working lives with the right skills and expertise will have a hugely positive impact both on their futures and on London’s economy.

“I have recently unveiled a £7m Digital Talent programme to equip young Londoners with the skills they need to access jobs in the capital’s thriving digital, technology and creative industries. I am also launching a Skills for Londoners taskforce, to ensure skills training meets the needs of London’s economy.

“Skills London is an excellent opportunity for young Londoners to find out more about career options available to them and I am sure this year’s event will be as successful as ever.”

Mark Hilton, director of education and employment policy at London First, who have organised Skills London since 2005, said: “There’s clearly a great deal of uncertainty around Brexit and it’s critical London has access to a strong mix of talent and skills. Businesses are investing in Apprenticeships and working with schools, colleges and universities to open up career opportunities. So it’s hugely encouraging that young people are responding by planning the qualifications and skills they’ll need for the future.”

Most London teenagers plan to stay in the capital to find work (86%). But of those looking further afield, 14% are looking to start their careers in the European Union whereas nearly one in four (24%) are looking to the rest of the world for their future job opportunities.

Skills London is London’s biggest jobs and careers event for young people and takes place at ExCeL London, on 9-10 December. Aimed at 15-24 year olds, this two day event provides young people and their families with a chance to discover careers through interactive, inspirational activities and demonstrations, and help young people bridge the gap between what they enjoy doing and what they could potentially do as a career. Skills London is organised by London First and Prospects and is free to attend.

Nick Bell, Prospects Chief Executive said: “Skills London is our flagship event for London and this year is set to be better than ever. We are delighted to work with London First producing this event which offers so much to both London’s employers and London’s young people. Across London Prospects works with more than 50,000 young people, in our schools, our communities and those within custody. We believe everyone should be inspired to develop their potential, and here at Skills London, inspiration is everywhere.”

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