Grants to help unemployed young people

Launching The Prince's Trust Development Awards for young people in the borough are (l-r) Mark Dougan, Head of Public Sector Partnerships, The Prince's Trust; Michelle Pearson, Economic Development Project Officer, Newtownabbey Borough Council and Mayor Thomas Hogg. INNT 37-521CON
Launching The Prince's Trust Development Awards for young people in the borough are (l-r) Mark Dougan, Head of Public Sector Partnerships, The Prince's Trust; Michelle Pearson, Economic Development Project Officer, Newtownabbey Borough Council and Mayor Thomas Hogg. INNT 37-521CON
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Newtownabbey Borough Council has teamed up with The Prince’s Trust to offer cash grants to unemployed young people who face financial barriers to entering education or employment.

A limited number of small grants of around £200 are available that can be applied for towards the cost of equipment needed to obtain a qualification or job, interview clothes, short term childcare or travel costs.

Mark Dougan, Head of Public Sector Partnerships at The Prince’s Trust explained: “Last year we provided Development Awards to 445 young people throughout Northern Ireland. We know that small cash awards can make all the difference to a young person who is struggling to land a job or pay for a short course. But our biggest challenge is keeping up with the demand, which is why I am delighted to be working with Newtownabbey Borough Council to support more local young people to help them find employment and access training.”

The criteria for the Development Awards include: young people aged 14-16, in education, and at risk of achieving fewer than five GCSEs at grade A-C; young people aged 16-25 and not in education, training or employment (or working less than 16 hours per week). Disadvantaged young people (ex-offenders, care leavers or long term unemployed) who meet the criteria are also welcome to apply.

Launching the awards, Mayor Thomas Hogg commented: “We’re delighted to be working with The Prince’s Trust to provide an opportunity for young people who are in genuine financial need with an opportunity to access support. The awards can be invaluable in supporting progression into education, training or employment.”

For further information or to apply for an award, contact Marion Kerr at The Prince’s Trust by emailing marion.kerr@princes-trust.org.uk or telephoning 028 9089 5000.