Croydon local urges more young unemployed to use the Prince’s Trust

By - Thursday 14th August, 2014

Latest research from the Prince’s Trust suggests that more than three quarters of London businesses believe that a significant skills crisis will hit their organisations within the next three years. However through initiatives run by the Princes Trust people like Jordan Ellis-Hunt from Croydon are able to show employers their skills.

Jordan Ellis-Hunt from South Croydon, photo used with permission.

Release begins: Research from the Prince’s Trust and HSBC suggests that more than three-quarters of London businesses believe a significant skills crisis will hit their organisations within the next three years (76 per cent), while half predict this will happen within the next 12 months (50 per cent).

Despite just finishing a day-release carpentry course at East Surrey College, Jordan Ellis-Hunt, 18, from South Croydon, needed an opportunity to put his new-found skills to the test. So, when a family friend told him about the Prince’s Trust and its upcoming Get into Construction programme, delivered by Costain, Jordan put himself forward almost immediately.

“I really enjoyed the variety of tasks we had to do across the site, which kept the training interesting. It also encouraged me to chat to lots of people as I worked closely with the different mentors to learn the tricks of the trade.”

As the four-week programme came to an end, the young people were told about various job opportunities that they could apply for to develop their skills further, including Keltbray, one of Costain’s sub-contractors, based at London Bridge.

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