Police Crime Commissioner for Nottingham Paddy Tipping visited a presentation for the latest group of young people to graduate from Make Your Mark, an employability scheme ran in partnership between Marks & Spencer and youth charity, The Prince’s Trust.
The event took place at Congregational Federation Ltd where each of the young people spoke about how the programme had benefitted them. 19 young people completed the course, which took place in M&S stores in Nottingham, Ilkeston, Netherfield and West Bridgford.
Nottinghamshire PCC is funding outreach activity for The Prince’s Trust in Nottingham to help more unemployed young people get into work. Currently, more than one in five young people (22%) in Nottingham are struggling to find a job.*
Paddy Tipping said: "I'm delighted to support this project which is giving young people a chance to shine. We know from experience how transformational this kind of practical training can be by helping youngsters overcome their insecurities and building their self esteem and confidence. As well as enhancing employment suitability, this scheme is directly resulting in jobs with is fantastic for the economy."
20 year old Lisa Marshall was unemployed for 5 months before she took part in Make Your Mark. She has since secured work in the M&S store in Ilkeston.
She said, “I thought the course was amazing. It gave me confidence and helped me develop a lot of skills. To get a job at the end is brilliant – I’d definitely recommend The Prince’s Trust.”
Make Your Mark is an on-the-job training and mentoring programme for 16-25 year olds designed to address the skills and experience gap that prevents young people from getting into work. Over four-weeks, participants complete training in an M&S store and receive regular feedback and career advice to ensure they are achieving M&S standards of customer service. The young people also spend time developing key employability skills and gain qualifications to help them move into work. Many of the young people who complete the course are offered contracts in the branches in which they have been working.
John O’Reilly, Director for The Prince’s Trust in Central England said, “The Make Your Mark scheme has a proven track record of helping unemployed young people grow into confident and capable individuals. The Prince’s Trust takes pride in helping young people to realise their potential and gain the skills and confidence they need to be successful in their lives.”
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training. To find out more about the how The Trust can help you, call 0800 842 842 or visit www.princes-trust.org.uk
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*Figures taken from the ONS Labour Market Statistics, March 2016.
About The Prince’s Trust
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. Founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1976, this year it is celebrating 40 years of supporting 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’s Trust has supported 825,000 young people in the last 40 years and this year it will support over 100 more each day.
Further information about The Prince’s Trust is available at princes-trust.org.uk or on 0800 842 842
About Make Your Mark
M&S’s “Make Your Mark” programme launched in 2013 in partnership with youth charity The Prince’s Trust and has delivered over 4000 placements.
Anyone interested in opportunities with Make Your Mark can visit http://corporate.marksandspencer.com/mscareers for specific information.
Posted on Thursday 10th March 2016