Prince’s Trust Scotland gains £750,000 in funding

£750,000 of European Union funding has been granted to the Prince’s Trust Scotland, the youth charity which has a great reputation for getting young people into work. In fact their success rate in this is eighty percent for youngsters in the 16-25 age bracket. This latest grant is expected to benefit around 2,500 young people.

The funding, which is from the European Structural Fund, will be used in three ways to try and help provide vocational training, motivate disadvantaged youngsters and give a boost to community engagement. The vocational training will offer courses in travel, leisure, tourism, retail, the motor trade, land management, health, hospitality and the environment.

Director of the Prince’s Trust Scotland, Heather Gray, said that the grant will give them more opportunities to work with their partners in supporting more young people and helping them into employment, training or education. She added that they know that their methods work by the four out of five success rate.

The Trust has a target of helping 7000 youngsters this year and the grant will go a long way in helping them achieve this target. Angela Constance, the Youth Employment Minister, said that the Scottish Government will be investing another £30 million into the Youth Employment Strategy which targets 16-19 year olds.

She said that this additional funding will guarantee all youngsters of this age group a place in education or training and that it was part of the Scottish Government’s pledge to make a difference to the lives of the young people of Scotland. She added that The Prince’s Trust had had great success over the last forty years and hoped that this would continue.