**30 March 2012 **
Wales** Office Minister attends Prince’s Trust celebration**
Wales Office Minister, David Jones was today (30 March 2012) on hand to congratulate young people from Conwy and Denbighshire who successfully completed a Prince’s Trust scheme designed to provide them with the skills and experience of the mechanical engineering industry.
The North Wales Training Motor Vehicle Workshop in Colwyn Bay hosted the celebration event for the graduates of the youth charity’s ‘Get into Cars’ programme, which gives young people who are work-ready but do not have the vocational skills, the opportunity to develop the relevant vocational skills or experience to enable them to move into a sustainable job in a specific sector of work.
Over a five-week period, participants completed basic car maintenance tasks such as oil and filter changes, as well as learning about engine and exhaust systems, to gain a City & Guilds certificate in Basic Car Maintenance. They also learned about the importance of good health and safety practice within the garage.
‘Get Into Cars’ has been delivered for young people from Denbighshire and Cowry in partnership with North Wales Training, with funding support from ESF Engagement Gateway. To date, two of these programmes have been delivered in Wales.
The Minister met with Kate Sullivan, Head of Public Sector Partnership and Rhian Mathias, Programme Manager for the Prince’s Trust, before viewing group demonstrations and a short presentation. He was then tasked with presenting eight young people with certificates to congratulate them for their involvement in the ‘Get Into Cars’ Programme.
Speaking after the event, Mr Jones said:
“It has been so inspiring to meet these young people today and to see and hear the benefits they have reaped from the ‘Get into Cars’ programme.
“The Prince’s Trust Cymru’s work is invaluable when it comes to helping young people re-engage with learning, and providing them with the skills and qualifications needed to give them a head start when it comes to entering the world of work.”
Notes to Editors
- Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps change young lives. It gives practical and financial support, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. It works with 13-to-30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law. The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped more than 650,000 young people since 1976 and supports 100 more each day. Last year, more than three in four young people supported by The Trust moved into work, education or training. In April 2011, Fairbridge became part of The Prince’s Trust. The new united organisation will help 50,000 young people this year.
- The Get into programme gives young people, who are work-ready but do not have the vocational skills, the opportunity to develop the relevant vocational skills and/or experience to enable them to move into a sustainable job in a specific sector of work.