With 40 years of banking experience behind him, working with Lloyds TSB, David Roberts is a one-stop shop for business advice.
Based in Fife, Scotland, David has previously run local bank branches and managed large business projects, so it’s no surprise he’s passionate about helping young people realise their potential to do the same.
Volunteering for The Prince’s Trust a Business Advisor, he mentors young people who have completed employability programmes, to help them make the move into work.
He also works closely with unemployed young people who have explored self-employment through our Enterprise programme – helping them in their final stages of setting up their own businesses.
David, who started volunteering through his company and is given time at work to mentor our young people, says: “It’s my job to point young people in the right direction. A lot of what I do is help them to set parameters and guidelines, within which to build success.
“If you’ve grown up without a clear structure in your life you may feel overwhelmed by the bureaucracy of business. If a meeting is at 8am, you have to be there by 8am. What I do is enable young people to cope with pressures and opportunities.”
But, David understands and appreciates that success doesn’t come overnight.
“Recently I was helping a young man who was working as a chef, but wanted to branch out on his own. I was able to help him find a food hygiene course and improve his English skills, so he could talk confidently about the technical aspects of the job. We also discussed his market research and how to use it correctly to bring the best out of his business idea.”
From CV techniques to business pitch advice, it’s clear to see David invests a lot of time in his mentees. But, they’re not the only ones reaping all the benefits.
“In addition to this, it’s been good to mix with other volunteers and learn from them. I get a good support network through The Prince’s Trust, so I highly recommend it.”