Young people from a Prince’s Trust programme met the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Matthew Hancock, at our centre in Glasgow today.

The group of 10 unemployed young people are currently undertaking our Team programme, a 12-week personal development course that helps unemployed young people gain the skills and confidence to find work. Each week is different and the programme includes a team challenge, community project, residential week, two weeks’ work experience in their chosen industry, and CV and interview training.

The Minister visited the group at Scotland’s biggest employment and enterprise hub, the Prince’s Trust Wolfson Centre, which opened earlier this year. During the visit the Minister had the opportunity to hear about young people’s experiences on Team and the challenges they face when trying to get back into education or find a job.

Now on week eight of the programme, young people have completed their community project, which saw them support Glasgow City Mission by packing food parcels for homeless adults. The group are currently on their two weeks work experience, with employers such as House of Fraser, City of Glasgow College Social Care unit and Amazon.

Team member, Sammy Nagle, 22 from Glasgow, says, “I’m really keen to go to college after completing Team and do health and social care. I went on the Team programme because I want to gain skills to help me get a job working with homeless people. I have had personal experiences of this, and I want to support others to make their lives better.”

Matthew Hancock MP says "The UK Government has committed to having all young people either earning or learning and I'm delighted to be here today to see some of the excellent work being done by The Prince's Trust in Glasgow."

The young people I have met today are truly inspiring and tell compelling stories about how important training is in tackling some of the issues around youth employment.

During his visit to Scotland the Minister also visited Partick Job Centre in Glasgow to meet staff, a youth unemployment charity, leading council figures from Glasgow Council, civil servants and businesses.