HRH The Prince of Wales visited Looe fish market, where he met young people who have changed their lives with help from The Trust.
Fred Alsop, 18, Sam Chapman, 20, and Sean Coomber, 19, who now all work in the fishing industry in the local area, explained how The Trust helped them during the visit. They also showed The Prince of Wales a selection of fish caught in the local area.
Fred, Sam and Sean were all long-term unemployed and searching for work before going on The Trust’s Get into Fishing programme in February during the time of the flooding in Looe. The course, delivered by Western Training Association and supported by the Cornwall and Isle of Scilly Fisheries Local Action Group, which is funded by the European Fisheries Fund, helped them to gain the skills and qualifications needed to get into the fishing industry.
Following the course, Fred and Sam got jobs at Looe fish market, while Sean secured employment on a trawler out of Plymouth harbour.
Sam, who now works as market foreman at Looe fish market, said:
The Prince also met representatives from the Fishermen's Mission and from Fishing into the Future before meeting young people helped by The Prince’s Trust.
Sean Coomber, who also met The Prince, struggled to find work before getting help from the youth charity. After struggling at school, he left early without any qualifications. He later had to enrol at college to retake some of his exams where he also did a bricklaying course.
However, when he finished college, work was hard to come by. Unemployed for two years and applying for any job to pay the bills, Sean was left feeling down and not sure where his next break would come from.
He found odd jobs on boats in the area, but wasn’t able to work at sea as he didn’t have the relevant safety tickets and couldn’t afford to pay for the course to get them.
He said: “I was applying for everything but I wasn’t hearing back. I didn’t have the experience so I couldn’t get a job and I couldn’t afford training. It was frustrating and I wasn’t sure if I would ever find anything.”
It was then that Sean saw an advert for The Prince’s Trust Get into Fishing course which is a free programme that gives young people the chance to learn skills in the fishing industry so they can find a job.
Sean excelled on the course, working hard to prove himself and pick up the qualifications he needed. The course was the boost he needed and after completing it he was able to find a job as a trawler for a fishing market in Plymouth.
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. Three in four young people helped by The Trust move into work, training or education.
The Prince's Trust also ran two Get into Fishing courses in 2013 which were funded by West Cornwall Youth Trust and the European Fisheries Fund.