15th February 2012
New Prince’s Trust scheme will help 100,000 young unemployed
HRH The Prince of Wales visited the
headquarters of his youth charity The Prince’s Trust today to
announce 100 new jobs for unemployed young people - who will
then help a further 100,000 young people to find work.
The new scheme will see young people, who have faced
long-term unemployment and transformed their lives with help from
The Prince’s Trust, employed as ‘Job Ambassadors’ to help other
The announcement is a direct response to the recent
record-breaking youth unemployment levels – which hit 1.04 million
Martina Milburn, chief executive of The Prince’s Trust,
"We know that long-term unemployment can be demoralising -
crushing self-esteem and derailing ambition. The young people we
are employing will have lived through this. They will be able to
share their own experiences with today’s unemployed young people
and - crucially - give them the inspiration, advice and guidance
they need to find a job."
This scheme will make sure an unemployed
generation does not become an unemployable one.
West Midlands launch
The Job Ambassador initiative will launch in the West Midlands,
where Wolverhampton has one of the highest youth unemployment
rates. It will then be rolled out across the country, focussing on
other unemployment hotspots – particularly helping the long-term
Kirt Tabberer- Job Ambassador
Kirt, 21, from Droitwich in the West Midlands, is one of
the first to be employed as a Job Ambassador by The Trust.
Kirt had a troubled teenage life after family difficulties left
him unable to complete his education. At the age of 15, Kirt’s
grandfather became seriously ill so his family temporarily moved so
they could be with him. Kirt struggled to keep up with his work
and, before long, had left school.
He spent the next few years unemployed and struggling to find
work. He said: “Without any qualifications I couldn’t get a place
at college and I found it really hard to find work. I felt like
other people could offer employers more than I could.” Kirt’s
self-esteem hit at an all-time low. He then came across The
Prince’s Trust Team programme – a 12-week personal development
course which gives young people skills and confidence for work.
Kirt said: “The Team programme quite simply changed my life. My
confidence began to grow as I realised that there were
opportunities out there for me. The qualification I gained also got
me a place at college. I finally started to believe that I could do
something with my life.
The Prince's Trust was a lifeline for me when I
needed it and for that I will be eternally grateful.
Kirt completed college in the summer of 2011 and has since
volunteered at Worcestershire County Council as a Youth Work Helper
and in the education department at Severn Valley Railway.
I am proud to be a Job Ambassador for The
Prince’s Trust as I’m now in a position to help other unemployed
young people get work-ready. I’m confident that I’m going to be
able to help disadvantaged young people across the West Midlands
move forward with their lives.
Kirt will be one of an army of 100 young people recruited and
trained up by The Trust this year. They will give inspirational
talks based on their own experiences and provide one-to-one support
and guidance, helping others like them prepare for work.
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Martina Milburn adds: “We’re calling on businesses and
individuals to help us grow the scheme. We aim to reach 300,000
young people over the next three years – but with more support we
can reach many more.
This is a chance to invest in the next
generation, buck the trend of rising youth unemployment and,
ultimately, boost our future economy.
Last year, more than three in four young people helped by The
Prince’s Trust moved into work, education or training.
HRH visited The Prince's Trust headquarters to launch the new
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