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SNP MEP and MSP hail EU boost for youth jobs

SNP politicians Alyn Smith MEP and local MSP Bill Kidd have praised the excellent work done by The Prince's Trust at Anniesland College.

They were visiting to see how an EU funded scheme helps disadvantaged young people improve their chance of getting jobs by improving their employability skills.

The Prince's Trust has been supporting young people for thirty-five years now, and more than 60,000 young people have participated in its programmes with more than 70% of them going on to gain jobs, training or education.

Commenting, Alyn Smith MEP said:

“It's great to visit The Trust and see the work being done to transform the lives of young Scots, opening up opportunities that could change their lives.

“The benefits of the work done during their time with The Trust at Anniesland College will stand these young people in good stead in the years ahead, improving their lives and helping them to improve their communities and the lives of people around them.  There are qualifications gained through The Trust's programmes but there are community projects to get involved with as well.

“This place is buzzing, it's a fine demonstration of excellence in action and it's being delivered through European structural funds.  I hope organisations across Scotland will copy the example set by The Prince's Trust and get down to applying for supporting funds.”

Bill Kidd MSP for Glasgow Anniesland said:

“My constituency office is in Anniesland College and I obviously know the great record of this College in delivering high quality education and support for thousands of young people over the years.

“The Prince’s Trust is also highly regarded for its community work and its qualifications which open doors to employment for young men and women, and I’m confident that by working together with Anniesland College, being funded by the Scottish Government and the EU, there will be a continuation of successful jobs, training and education for many more of our young people.”  

Commenting, Alan Kennedy, Operations Director from The Prince’s Trust added:

“We were delighted to be able to showcase the work of The Trust’s Team programme and demonstrate the value of the European Structural Funds.  The visit is particularly timely given The Trust was recently recognised for Best Practice for Delivery at the Scottish Government’s Annual European Structural Funds Awards Ceremony.  Programmes like Team support young people to develop the key skills they need to move forward into employment as well as helping develop confidence, self-esteem and motivation.  The European Social Fund enables The Trust to work with around 2,000 young people every year, providing vital routes into education, training and employment.”