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UK Minister visits Prince’s Trust International in Barbados

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Published 10 October 2016

Baroness Anelay meets young people benefiting from the Get Into programmes, 7th October 2016

The Rt Hon Baroness Anelay of St Johns DBE, UK Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN, attended a Prince’s Trust International event today in Bridgetown.

Prince’s Trust International is a youth charity recently established in Barbados with the aim to help disadvantaged young people on the island gain vital skills to move into education, training or work.

The Trust, formally launched last November in Malta by its President HRH The Prince of Wales, has partnered in Barbados with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth for the first pilots of the “Get Into” employability programme.

Baroness Anelay met with young people taking part in the “Get Into Hospitality” programme currently under way and with young people who are about to start the “Get Into Logistics” course.

Baroness Anelay said: “I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit Barbados and witness first-hand how our two countries are working together to address a range of global challenges.  I was particularly pleased to meet the young people participating in the Prince’s Trust International Get Into programme.”

 

The Hon Stephen Lashley, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth said: “We are very proud of our partnership with Prince’s Trust International and welcome Baroness Anelay’s support. With one programme currently running and one more to start in the following weeks, this programme adds to the existing complement of diverse programmes currently offered by the Youth Division of the Ministry. By joining forces, we are in fact able to offer our youth even more opportunities for their total development.  This certainly complements programmes such as “Endless Possibilities” and “Youth Mainstreaming Programme.”

“Get Into Hospitality” delivery includes two weeks employability training for the workplace delivered by the Barbados Vocational Training Board, where the young people will gain valuable work experience different areas of the hospitality industry such as housekeeping, office management, bar and restaurant services and international cuisine.

Four young people receiving this training were also invited to serve at a lunch in honour of Baroness Anelay’s visit at the British High Commissioner’s residence.

“Get Into Logistics” which is due to begin next week will have a particular focus on The Port of Bridgetown, and 15-20 young people will receive on-the-job training through work placements with local employers.

Prince’s Trust International is also currently running a “Team” programme with the Royal Barbados Police for 15 young people. “Team” is a 12-week programme of personal development, helping 16-25 year olds – the majority unemployed – to develop their confidence, motivation and skills through teamwork in the community.