Burnley ‘job ambassador’ meets Prince Charles

Alan Pye (centre) prepares to meet Prince Charles (S)
Alan Pye (centre) prepares to meet Prince Charles (S)

A young man from Burnley was among a group of people who met Prince Charles at St James’s Palace to celebrate an innovative scheme to tackle youth unemployment.

Alan Pye (23) had been through a series of short-term jobs since leaving college at 17.

Alan was made redundant from his job in early 2011 and was unemployed for six months. It was then he contacted The Prince’s Trust and was directed towards the Get into Retail programme.

Alan said: “The jobs market is very tough in Burnley and many of the surrounding areas so I had to take whatever position I could when I left education just to get by and that meant a lot of short-term contracts and part-time hours. It was a cycle I couldn’t break out of.

“The Get Into Retail programme helped me immensely with on-the-job experience and the chance to work with experts that would help me to get a job in retail. As part of the course, I completed a placement with a major retailer and at the end of it I was offered a position with them.”

However, a short time later, Alan was made redundant again.

During this time, he had become a Young Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, which gave him the chance to travel around the region telling other young people his story. He impressed staff so much that he was offered a role as a Job Ambassador, supported by Bloomberg. He now meets young people to find out what support they need to find work.

He said: “Getting to go out and meet young people and hear their stories and find out exactly what support they need is great. Knowing that I can help them is very rewarding.

“Meeting Prince Charles at St James’s Palace was a fantastic experience and it was great to get to meet the other ambassadors from across the UK.”

Musician will.i.am, magician Dynamo and television presenter Carol Vorderman were among The Prince’s Trust Ambassadors at the reception.