Intergenerational unemployment would appear more likely for young people in families with no breadwinner. They are less confident in their ability to achieve their post-school goals and more likely to perceive barriers to finding work. Mission Australia reports that these young people get less support than those in families with an employed parent. 

Mission Australia’s ‘Working through it’ – Findings from the Youth Survey 2018 highlights significant differences between the responses of economically disadvantaged 15-19 year-olds and their peers who have parents with paid work. It pinpoints the negative impacts for young people on their wellbeing, aspirations, post-school plans, family relationships and support when their parents are not in paid work.

CEO James Toomey said: “The affect that a family’s limited financial resources has on young people as they move through adolescence to adulthood is extremely concerning. We must listen to the voices of young people facing economic disadvantage who feel less supported, have poorer feelings of wellbeing, risk educational disengagement and report more barriers to finding a job.

"These findings underscore the need for targeted policy and service responses to address the risks of intergenerational, entrenched disadvantage through education, employment and community programs. Policies and supports must be prioritised and put in place so that economically disadvantaged young people are supported to achieve their goals and families are properly assisted during times where parents are not in paid work.

"Young people, irrespective of their economic background, should have the opportunity to reach their full potential and be able to access the services, supports, education and training that they need. We must prioritise expanding the evidence-based programs and services that are so sorely needed so that these young people have the very best chance to engage with education, start their careers and to work through their wellbeing concerns."

Download the report - Working through it: A Youth Survey report on economically disadvantaged young people 


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