His Royal Highness, The Prince Charles Duke of Rothesay visited Prince’s Trust young people at a Get into Car Mechanics programme at Arnold Clark’s GTG Glasgow Training centre on 24th June.
Greeted by new participants and recent graduates from the Get into Car Mechanics programme, His Royal Highness met young people who have received support from his youth charity to turn their lives around. They demonstrated a range of skills – from car maintenance, electrical engineering, tyre fitting – which help young people to build their confidence, learn practical skills and take their first steps towards a job or training opportunity.
The Prince’s Trust Scotland and Arnold Clark have been working together since 2008, focusing on bridging the skills gap amongst young people in science, technology, maths and engineering (STEM) and getting them prepared for the world of work. The programme has been a huge success, with 80% of young people being employed at an Arnold Clark dealership.
Nicole, 19, from Bishopbriggs, who met HRH today, is one of the first women to graduate from the Get into Car Mechanics programme. She is urging more young women to get into STEM sectors to challenge and change the current gender imbalance.
Talking about her experience, Nicole said, "I originally studied hair and beauty because it seemed like that was the only option for girls. I have always been passionate about cars and jumped at the chance to take part in The Prince’s Trust Get into Car Mechanics course with Arnold Clark.
“The best part about the course was proving that to myself and everybody who doubted me - girls can do it too, it is not just a male dominated environment.”
Nicole has secured a four year apprenticeship with Arnold Clark and is optimistic for the future.
She added: “I have thought about starting my own business, an all female garage. I might even consider management in the future. It’s a huge opportunity at Arnold Clark and an honour to work there.”
Eddie Hawthorne, managing director of Arnold Clark said:
"Our partnership with The Prince’s Trust Scotland continues to go from strength to strength and we are proud to offer opportunities to young people that will help them realise their potential. We are delighted that HRH Prince Charles chose to visit our GTG Training centre in Glasgow and see first hand what our students and apprentices have learned through their hard work and continued effort.”