Communities and Local Government Minister and Bristol West MP Stephen Williams united with Prince's Trust employees and key stakeholders yesterday at an official reception event, to discuss how the youth charity's new centre on Victoria Street will transform young lives.
The new Prince's Trust centre is located at the heart of Bristol, halfway between Bristol Temple Meads station and the city centre. This hub for unemployed young people will equip them with the skills and confidence they need to get back into work, education or training. The Trust is now delivering a range of programmes from the new centre, including bespoke one-to-one support, team-building and work placements.
Guests were given a tour of the new centre and networked with the youth charity's Young Ambassadors - volunteers who have previously completed a Prince's Trust programme and now share their experiences with other young people to inspire them to get involved.
With over 2,500 young people currently claiming jobseekers' allowance across Bristol and South Gloucestershire, the centre will support 850 young people each year. Three in four young people helped by The Prince's Trust move into work, education or training.
Stephen Williams MP said:
"The Coalition Government is helping people find work. There are currently more people in work than ever before."
"I urge Bristol's business community to work with The Prince's Trust, to provide employment opportunities for more young people in the city. It's great to see The Prince's Trust investing so much in the future of Bristol's young people. From this new centre, The Trust can offer even better support, guidance and advice to young people looking for work."
Dermot Finch, The Prince's Trust regional director for the South of England, says:
"It's great to have Stephen here to launch our new centre - a real hub of support for young people who need our help. Working closely with our partners, we look forward to equipping the next generation with the skills and confidence they need to create a positive future for themselves."