Bill Kidd MSP and Alyn Smith MEP hail EU boost for youth jobs

Bill Kidd MSP today praised the excellent work done by The Prince's Trust at Anniesland College. Mr Kidd accompanied Alyn Smith MEP on a visit to see how an EU funded scheme helps disadvantaged young people improve their chance of getting jobs by improving their employability skills.

The Prince's Trust has been supporting young people for thirty-five years now, and more than 60,000 young people have participated in its programmes with more than 70% of them going on to gain jobs, training or education.


Bill Kidd MSP for Glasgow Anniesland said:

“My constituency office is in Anniesland College and I obviously know the great record of this College in delivering high quality education and support for thousands of young people over the years.

“The Prince’s Trust is also highly regarded for its community work and its qualifications which open doors to employment for young men and women, and I’m confident that by working together with Anniesland College, being funded by the Scottish Government and the EU, there will be a continuation of successful jobs, training and education for many more of our young people.”

Commenting, Alyn Smith MEP said:

“It's great to visit The Trust and see the work being done to transform the lives of young Scots, opening up opportunities that could change their lives.
“The benefits of the work done during their time with The Trust at Anniesland College will stand these young people in good stead in the years ahead, improving their lives and helping them to improve their communities and the lives of people around them. There are qualifications gained through The Trust's programmes but there are community projects to get involved with as well.

“This place is buzzing, it's a fine demonstration of excellence in action and it's being delivered through European structural funds. I hope organisations across Scotland will copy the example set by The Prince's Trust and get down to applying for supporting funds.”

Commenting, Alan Kennedy, Operations Director from The Prince’s Trust added:

“We were delighted to be able to showcase the work of The Trust’s Team programme and demonstrate the value of the European Structural Funds. The visit is particularly timely given The Trust was recently recognised for Best Practice for Delivery at the Scottish Government’s Annual European Structural Funds Awards Ceremony. Programmes like Team support young people to develop the key skills they need to move forward into employment as well as helping develop confidence, self-esteem and motivation. The European Social Fund enables The Trust to work with around 2,000 young people every year, providing vital routes into education, training and employment.”

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 more than 700,000 young people since 1976 and supports 100 more each day. Further information about The Prince’s Trust is available at princes-trust.org.uk or on 0800 842 842.



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