Since opening in May 2015, The Prince’s Trust Morgan Stanley Centre has welcomed almost 1,000 unemployed young people through its doors, helping them gain the confidence and skills needed to get a job.
In Tower Hamlets, where 1 in 5 young people (19.6 per cent) are unemployed, the centre is playing a key role in providing opportunities to local residents.
Across East London, where just a mile separates the likes of Canary Wharf from areas of high deprivation and little opportunities, nearly 20,000 young people are struggling to find work.
With funding from Morgan Stanley in May 2015, The Prince’s Trust opened a state-of-the-art centre located on St Paul’s Way in Poplar, which boasts a digital classroom, working kitchen, training areas and space for one-to-one mentoring.
A number of courses are run at the centre, from The Trust’s Fairbridge programme which helps develop personal and key life skills, to the Enterprise programme, where budding entrepreneurs can turn their big ideas into a business reality. Young people can also enrol on week-long Get Started programmes which cover everything from music to fashion.
Josh Mckinson-Romney, aged 26, from Poplar, was a victim of a vicious attack which hospitalised him for an extensive period of time. He lacked confidence and self-belief and struggled to engage with people. Josh was referred to The Trust’s Get Started with Film programme, which helped spark his interests.
The course, delivered at the Morgan Stanley centre, saw teams of young people design, shoot, edit and present their own, original film.
Josh says: “At first I found it difficult to connect to the people in the group, but by the end of the week, I had made friends for life. I also learnt a range of new skills and felt a great sense of achievement when I saw our final video come together.
Following the course, Josh secured a work placement with a production team for a music video and is also completing an acting course.
Dermot Finch, director for The Prince’s Trust in London and the South of England, said: “Every day our dedicated outreach team meets young people facing barriers such as long-term unemployment, bullying and homelessness. I’m lucky enough to be based at our Morgan Stanley Centre where I see first-hand the impact our programmes are having.
Sue Watts, Chair of the Morgan Stanley International Foundation, said: