Deputy First Minister John Swinney visited The Trust's new headquarters on Bridge Street in Glasgow to announce over £500,000 of support to help vulnerable young people get back into work, education or training.

The £555,000 investment is expected to not only help young people and secure over 2,000 jobs, but will also support new businesses and the wider Scottish economy.

John Swinney met Allan Watt, our director for Scotland, at the site of the centre, along with construction staff and four young entrepreneurs who discussed how the youth charity has changed their lives.

John said:

"We're not only supporting the local construction industry and staff of the organisation, but we are also helping to create a facility that allows young people the opportunity to transform their lives. Some of The Prince’s Trust young people will go on to start their own successful businesses which also contribute to the Scottish economy so the Scottish Government are delighted to be part of this exciting project.

The benefits of this investment will be felt both locally and nationally for years to come. The evidence for the long term benefits lie in the testimonies of the young people who have been given opportunities that would otherwise have been closed to them.

Allan Watt, director of The Prince’s Trust Scotland, said: “The centre will allow us to reach thousands of young people from Glasgow and the surrounding area, helping them to turn their lives around through education and training, jobs and business.”

One of the young entrepreneurs, Michael Corrigan, has co-founded Trtl - a scarf with an internal support system which supports the head when napping. With his business partner David Kellock, they received funding and mentoring support from The Prince’s Trust to build and grow their business.

Michael said:

The Prince's Trust have been a fantastic help for us since we started our business. They have a pool of mentors whose experience is invaluable for anyone beginning this journey, in business, as well as the access to funding. We simply wouldn't be where we are today without them.

Another of our pioneers is Jill Kirkham, of Jill Kirkham Textiles.

Jill said: “The Prince’s Trust helped me with funding so that I was able to invest in new equipment. They helped me take my business to the next level and develop a new website so I could connect directly with my clients.”

The Wolfson Centre is being supported by partners from across the public and private sectors and is set to become the biggest employment and enterprise hub in Scotland when it opens later this year.