Prince’s Trust to help youth into employment

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THE Prince’s Trust will be hosting an information session to help young people out of unemployment in Cookstown.

Young people in the area are being given an opportunity to find out how to take a major step towards employment, education or training at an information session to be hosted next week by the UK’s leading youth charity.

The event is being held at 11.00am on Thursday August 18 at the South West Regional College, Cookstown. It follows the recent launch of the Trust’s Journey to Success programme.

The session is designed to enable attendees to find out, without obligation, what’s on offer and discover if they are eligible to participate.

Funded by the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) and the European Social Fund (ESF), the £2.6 million programme is targeted at disadvantaged 16-30 year olds who face significant barriers to entering the labour market.

They include educational underachievers, ex-offenders and young people either in or about to leave residential care.

Ian Jeffers, director of The Prince’s Trust in Northern Ireland, says that programmes run previously by the Trust have achieved significant results with three out of every four participants moving into employment, further education, training or completing a recognised qualification.

“Over the past 30 years, we have developed a strong track record in engaging with disadvantaged young people and in developing programmes specially tailored to meet their specific needs.

“There are three aspects to the Journey to Success initiative: the Enterprise programme is designed to enable young people interested in business and self-employment to explore and test their business ideas while the Team and Get Into programmes are designed to improve young people’s employment prospects and equip them with qualifications essential for jobs in specific sectors.

“Involvement with the Trust has marked a turning point in the lives of thousands of young people.

“We’ll be extending a warm welcome at next week’s information session to anyone interested in finding out to follow in their footsteps,” Mr Jeffers said.