The future’s bright for Prince’s Trust youth

Leeroi Smith and James Ellis.
Leeroi Smith and James Ellis.
Share this article

A Wisbech-based property maintenance company has teamed up with the Prince’s Trust with the aim of getting a young person from the local area back to work.

Leeroi Smith (21) had trained in carpentry and wanted the chance to use his skills so that he could forge a career in this area. He lacked experience, having been out of work for some time, so The Trust approached Foster Property Maintenance Ltd (FPM Ltd) to see if they could offer Leeroi the opportunity to gain hands on experience.

FPM Ltd were happy to accommodate Leeroi and were able to give him some useful experience with several of their carpenters, in on-site situations. Leeroi impressed the property maintenance specialist with his work ethic and capability, showing great promise.

FPM Ltd didn’t want the story to end there, so they decided to offer Leeroi part-time work in their stores depot. They think Leeroi is a talented individual who has the motivation it takes to realise his dream of becoming a carpenter in the future.

Leeroi is excited about getting back on his feet and said: “The Prince’s Trust have provided me with great support and the opportunity of working with Foster Property Maintenance Ltd. I would like to thank FPM Ltd for the experience and I am delighted that they have given me an opportunity to get back into work. This gives me the chance to earn a wage that will enable me to get the equipment and training to further my chances of being a carpenter, which is my long term goal.”

James Ellis, Contract Manager at FPM Ltd, said: “This arrangement is mutually beneficial; Leeroi will be able to get some funds together to develop his skills further, so that long-term we can look to offer him more work as a carpenter.”

Around one in five young people in the UK are not in work, education or training. Youth unemployment costs the UK economy £10 million a day in lost productivity.

Youth charity, The Prince’s Trust, supports change for young lives, by developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. It works with 13 to 30-year olds who have struggled at school, been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law.