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Electrical courses may help develop self-esteem

Unemployed young people may find that undergoing training - such as electrical courses - boosts their self-esteem.

This is the view of Anne-Marie Douglas, regional development manager at the Brathay Trust, who suggested qualifications can also help to improve their ability to communicate in a business environment.

In her view, many youngsters lack aspirations and one thing that can help boost their confidence is education, which could include electrical courses.

She said: "Teachers, social workers, youth workers and assorted agencies need to work with targeted, disadvantaged, young people, to develop their potential and increase their aspirations."

Another issue identified by Ms Douglas that can affect a person's motivation to succeed in a career is a lack of support at home.

Her comments were made in response to research conducted by The Prince's Trust, which indicated that one in ten young people feels like an outcast in their area, with individuals who are not in employment, education or training more likely to feel this way.

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