Young people who have been supported by The Prince’s Trust Scotland to find a job, go onto further study, or start their own business, took centre-stage at the event, leading presentations on the reality of being young and out of work and sharing their experiences of making the leap from ‘learning to earning’ with Scotland’s political leaders.
The Reception, hosted by Stewart Maxwell MSP, Minister for Communities and Sport, and Jenny Marra MSP, Shadow Minister for Youth Employment at the Scottish Parliament, highlighted the practical steps The Trust is taking to tackle youth unemployment and ensure young people aren’t left behind as they make the transition from the classroom to the workplace.
The Trust shared its recent innovative work with Scottish schools and colleges to equip young people with the confidence and skills they need to re-engage in education, succeed in the job-market and take advantage of opportunities in Scotland’s growing science and technology sectors.
Working with a wide range of partners from the Scottish Rugby Union to Strathclyde University’s Space School, the Trust offers young people at risk of underachieving in school unique opportunities to boost their confidence, skills and ambition for their future.
Steve Hardie, Senior Job Ambassador, who overcame long term unemployment with support from the Trust and now works for the charity helping other young people to find jobs and training, was compere for the evening.
Speaking after the reception Steve said: “This event was an opportunity for young people to share with MSPs the reality of being young and unemployed in Scotland today and a chance for Scotland’s political leaders to see these challenges from a young person’s point of view.
“It is vital for young people to play their part in the political process and it was fantastic to share our stories and voice our views to those in a position to make a real difference.”
Speaking after the event George said, ”The Prince’s Trust has a proven track record of providing training and leadership skills for young people. This is an important part of anyone’s life in making the judgements and decisions that shape our lives. Hearing from the young people how the Trust has helped them gives the scheme a human face and shows how it can change lives”.
The Reception also highlighted the Trust’s holistic approach to helping young people take control of their future, with programmes designed to support young people at every stage of their journey into work, education and business.
Allan Watt, The Prince’s Trust Scotland Director, added: “The Prince’s Trust was delighted to have the chance to let our young people share their experiences with MSPs. The ‘Learning to Earning’ theme for this year’s reception reflects our commitment to tackling youth unemployment and giving all young people the opportunities they deserve.
“With 79,000 young Scots out of work it is vital that organisations like The Prince’s Trust continue to be supported by MSPs, the public and private sectors to help more young people achieve their full potential.”
The Trust works with unemployed and disadvantaged young people across Scotland, with three in four young people we support going onto a job, education, or business.
About The Prince’s Trust
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. It supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Many of the young people helped by The Prince’s Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training. The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped 750,000 young people since 1976 and supports over 100 more each day. Further information about The Prince’s Trust is available at princes-trust.org.uk or on 0800 842 842.