AN UNEMPLOYED Arbroath man is to help other jobless youngsters find work thanks to the Prince’s Trust Scotland.
Steven Hardie (26) is one of six young people who have been given the role of job ambassador.
The initiative will see Steven be offered full-time employment for one year allowing him to his skills and to reach out and support other young people.
The job ambassadors will be based within Prince’s Trust centres in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and North Lanarkshire, with a view to increasing their reach in the months ahead.
They will give inspirational talks based on their own experiences and provide one-to-one support and guidance, helping others to re-engage and prepare for work and training.
Steven said: “Being a job ambassador means the world to me. It’s been so hard to get a job within the youth work sector and this is a brilliant opportunity.
“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 to start moving forward.”
And Heather Gray, director of the Prince’s Trust Scotland, added: “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.”