Prince launches 2.4 million scheme to help young people into manufacturing and engineering jobs

Prince Charles this week unveiled a 2.4 million boost for young people seeking jobs.

The Prince of Wales announced the funding for the Business Class scheme, run by the Prince's Business in the Community charity, which helps successful companies work with schools in deprived areas.

The money will also support a roll-out of Industrial Cadets, helping young people to get involved with a career in engineering and manufacturing.

Following a visit to the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) production plant on Merseyside, the Prince warned that Britain's world class reputation will be damaged if more young people are not attracted to employment in these industries.

He said: "As a country, we are proud of our industrial heritage and we should also celebrate our continued success as a standard-bearer for quality manufacturing and engineering throughout the world.

"Too often it seems forgotten in this country that Britain is very good at manufacturing and has all sorts of remarkable skills of ingenuity, inventiveness and how to put brilliant ideas into production."

Over two days the Prince carried out a series of visits to champion the "best of British" manufacturing and engineering.

Charles added: "Britain is a truly global leader and, of course, we have to be careful to invest in that manufacturing and creativity by ensuring the sector has access to enough talented young people with the necessary skills to help these companies grow."

At JLR, the Prince saw how the company is working in partnership with Knowsley School as part of the Business Class scheme.

Joined by Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Charles also launched Industrial Cadets. This national initiative is backed by Mr Pickles' department to encourage young people into the manufacturing industries.

The new funding will help Business in the Community to aid more than 75,000 young people, and to meet its target to build 500 partnerships by 2015.

Copyright Press Association 2013