A YOUNG, southside woman has been named one of two Job Ambassadors by the Prince’s Trust.
Kendall Gregory (21), from Battlefield, along with Springburn’s 20-year-old Peter Sweeney, is unemployed and has been helped by the Trust.
In their new positions, they will offer help to other young people move into jobs or training.
The Job Ambassador initiative will offer young people, who have previously participated in Prince’s Trust programmes and who have been a Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador, full-time employment for one year allowing them to hone their skills and to reach and support other young people.
Kendall will be based in the Prince’s Trust’s Glasgow centre.
Kendall said: “The Prince’s Trust is putting a lot of faith in us and I can’t wait to start getting out and meeting young people and helping them start moving forward.”
Heather Gray, director of the Prince’s Trust Scotland, said: “We know that long-term unemployment can be demoralising — crushing self esteem and derailing ambition.
“The young people we are employing will have lived through this and will be able to draw on their own experiences to support other young people facing similar situations.
“Peer to peer support is hugely beneficial in inspiring young people to engage and achieve positive outcomes and our Job Ambassadors will offer crucial advice and guidance to help others find a job.
“This kind of investment in Scotland’s young people is vital if we are to ensure our young talent has the opportunity to achieve and sustain a positive future.”
Jim Sweeney, chief executive of YouthLink Scotland, sees the positions as an ideal way of cutting youth unemployment in the country.
Mr Sweeney said: “This is an excellent initiative to help tackle youth unemployment in Scotland.
“I recently attended an event where I met some of the new Job Ambassadors, their personal stories are an inspiration to us all and they will be excellent role models for others to follow.”
A second group of Job Ambassadors will be recruited in early 2013 as the Trust moves towards the introduction of the initiative into new areas across Scotland.
Richard Cornish, Work Services Director for Jobcentre Plus in Scotland, said: “I welcome this initiative and we will continue to work in partnership with the Prince’s Trust to help tackle youth unemployment in Scotland.
“We know it’s a huge challenge, and that’s why Jobcentre Plus is committed to helping young people develop the skills and experience they need to get a job through the £1 billion Youth Contract.”