IT’S so easy to get the wrong impression of teenagers as a work shy generation hanging around on street corners.

The feckless ones may be the most visible but are not representative of many youngsters who do well in education, sport and music.

Likewise, the vast majority of youngsters also want to work – according to research from the University of Huddersfield.

They are eager to earn a living and a future, but with jobs in desperately short supply many will find it a struggle.

It’s OK youngsters saying they want to work but they must also back it up with a CV that shows they have already made an effort – and that could be part-time or voluntary work or even just being in the guides or scouts.