The Prince’s Trust has teamed up with some of the leading organisations within the logistics sector to help unemployed young people across the UK move into the industry.
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), through Aspire its careers foundation, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and the DHL UK Foundation – have all invested in The Prince’s Trust Get into Logistics programme which will be run across the UK.
The group is now appealing to other businesses within the sector to come forward and join the mission of supporting disadvantaged young people into work. This comes as more than one in five young people in the UK are currently struggling to find a job.
The Prince’s Trust Get into Logistics programme is a two-week intensive course that gives unemployed young people hands-on experience in the logistics industry, as well as developing their job skills, confidence and motivation.
The young people undertake a work placement and take part in CV workshops and personal development classes. Once the programme comes to an end, they receive ongoing support for six months to help them retain their new job or to support them into one.
Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.
Tim Slater, chairman of The Prince’s Trust’s advisory group on Logistics, said: “Too many young people feel that they will never reach their full potential. We are thrilled to be able to make a difference to the lives of young people in the UK and would like to hear from businesses that wish to support the project and can offer work placements so we can help many more.”
Julian Barrell, director of fundraising at The Prince’s Trust, said: “We want to significantly grow The Prince’s Trust Get into Logistics programme over the next few years and there is a wealth of experience that the sector can offer the next generation. This partnership between DHL UK Foundation, the Freight Transport Association and Aspire will go a long way in ensuring we are doing just that but we need more businesses to come forward and join in the mission.”
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Youth charity The Prince's Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. It supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped more than 700,000 young people since 1976 and supports 100 more each day.