Laura Whitmore has told the audience at a Prince’s Trust event on Friday: “You can find your dream job or even start your own business– no matter what background you’ve had.”
The Bray-born TV presenter, 28, also a Celebrity Ambassador for the charity, was hosting The Prince’s Trust Youth Forum which saw singer Emeli Sandé, actor Adam Deacon, Wretch 32 and Game of Thrones star Ed Skrein share the secrets of their success and the obstacles they have overcome to get there.
She said: “You can do it with the help of organisations like Prince’s Trust. If I could tell my teenage self not to worry, I would. Instead, I’m telling the next generation. The Trust is all about giving people the confidence and skills to realise their dreams.
“I was lucky growing up. I grew up in a single parent family, but was always encouraged to achieve my goals, however far-fetched they seemed. While today’s school leavers are facing the toughest job market in history, they should not give up hope.”
The Youth Forum comes at a time when thousands of young people are waiting for exam results and making tough decisions about what their next step is. Around one in five young people in the UK are currently unemployed and more than one in ten admit they feel “hopeless” about the future, while in Ireland youth unemployment stands at one in four.
Research from The Prince’s Trust shows that thousands of young people in the UK are so worried about exam results, that it is having an adverse effect on their health. The charity, established in 1976, addresses youth unemployment with practical advice and financial support to vulnerable young people, enabling them to move into work, education or training.
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