Jobs joy for unemployed thanks to The Prince’s Trust schemeFeb 11, 2013
They are beginning their careers at the airport with employers including Hotel Chocolat, Starbucks, SSP, DHL Aviation, OCS and Dixons Travel.
Masooma Kazmi (pictured), 24, now works in Starbucks as a customer service assistant but was unemployed for more than a year before she heard about the Get into Airports programme while visiting her local Job Centre Get into Airports.
“I wasn’t sure if it could help me but I felt I had nothing to lose,” she said. “Thank to the programme, my confidence levels rocketed and I was thrilled to discover that I had secured a new job with Starbucks.
"I would encourage other unemployed young people to check it out.”
The new Get into Airports programme is the second delivered by The Prince’s Trust with London Luton Airport. The programme gives unemployed young people aged 16-25 hands-on experience in the aviation industry, as well as developing their confidence and motivation.
Father of three Terry Clark was offered a job at logistics giant DHL following his placement with the company, dealing with cargo that comes into the airport. He had been unemployed for six months before hearing about the programme.
“I applied for a place straight away – it seemed like a fantastic opportunity to get some solid work experience under my belt,” he said. “To then find out I had been offered a job with them was one of the best moments of my life.
"I now feel like a good role model for my children and am looking forward to the future.”
Following the course young people receive up to six months’ support from The Prince’s Trust to help them further their careers.
The trust’s Central England regional director John O’Reilly said: “We are delighted that these young people are looking forward to a brighter future. London Luton Airport is the first airport to work with The Prince’s Trust in this way and the results have been fantastic. We hope that many more airports will look to come on board with us in the future.”