Trust helps Luton trio into railways

Micha Curtis-Weddle of Luton with Keith Jipps after a Prince's Trust 'Get into Railways' course
Micha Curtis-Weddle of Luton with Keith Jipps after a Prince's Trust 'Get into Railways' course

Three youngsters from Luton have graduated from a ‘Get Into Railways’ job support scheme run by train company Great Northern and youth charity The Prince’s Trust.

Micha Curtis-Weddle, Michael O’Callaghan and Ian Ward were in a group of eight young people aged between 18 and 25 who attended a four week programme. It included practical skills development and the chance to build their CVs, as well as experience a number of mock interviews.

They then completed two weeks of practical work experience at a range of stations including King’s Cross and Finsbury Park. This included a day with members of Great Northern staff who have volunteered to act as mentors for them over the next six months, irrespective of whether they achieve employment now or at a later point.

Throughout the programme, The Prince’s Trust helped the young people develop their confidence, as well as employment skills. The Trust targets young people who have experienced difficulties finding or sustaining work because they’ve been unemployed for too long, are in care or offenders or ex-offenders or struggled at school.

Micha, 21, of Bramingham said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity to improve my skills and meet others. I have loved every minute of it and really had the time of my life.”

Trust spokesman John O’Reilly said: “Most young people are motivated to get into work, contribute to society and be successful in their lives. This programme bridges the gap between employers and young job seekers.”