Around one in five young people in the UK are not in work, education or training. Youth unemployment costs the UK economy £10 million a day in lost productivity, while youth crime costs £1 billion every year. Prince's Trust address this by giving practical and financial support to the young people who need it most. by helping to develop key skills, confidence and motivation, enabling young people to move into work, education or training.
To help the youth of Stoke-on-Trent two Job Ambassadors have been brought into the region, Jade Hampton and James Dale.
Here Jade tells us more about what they will be doing in the area.
Our job as Job Ambassadors is to signpost young people and to help them to find the right help and support, whether that be by directing to college, university, employment, training or other support, and really just be a soundboard for them to confide in and trust. The idea is for us to be informal, more relaxed and approachable for young people in Stoke-on-Trent between the ages of 16 to 30 (possibly 13-30).
I think the bridge we will gap in this new role is a huge one, we believe that it’s the difference between young people having no one to approach and being completely disengaged, to giving them 2 young people, that have both been through Trust programme’s themselves and have struggled to get to where they are today, that they can come to for advice and help. 2 young people that are dedicated to helping the most disengaged of young people in the area because we believe that given the chance everyone is capable of achieving amazing things.
There isn’t a limit to where we can signpost young people to, it’s about what they want to do, and helping them to achieve and move forward in life, not simply getting them onto Princes Trust programmes that may not necessarily be suitable for them.
Jade and James will be attending the offical reopening of Burslem Park after it's million pound investment on the 23rd of June. Come and pay them a visit.