BARONESS Estelle Morris has spoken with young people putting their lives back on track at Sunderland’s football stadium.
The former education secretary visited the Stadium of Light to speak with teenagers taking part in a training programme organised by Sunderland AFC’s official charity the Foundation of Light.
The group of 10 young jobseekers, who are enrolled on the foundation’s Back on Track programme, were able to talk to Baroness Morris about their experiences.
The 30-week course is designed to help better their chances of finding employment by improving their work and life skills and providing them with relevant qualifications.
Baroness Morris, a pro-vice chancellor of the University of Sunderland, said: “It was heartening to meet so many young people who haven’t just given up, but are keen to develop themselves and make something of their lives. I wish them all the best of luck on the Back on Track programme.
“The Foundation of Light’s fantastic work with schools is well documented, but I think it is of equal importance that we continue to offer those who are not of school age opportunities to reach their potential.
“The programme that I visited is just one such opportunity, and I applaud how hard the foundation, and the football club, work to ensure these opportunities exist.”
One of the young trainees, Josh Allen, 18, said: “I’ve taken part in foundation programmes before, and I’m hoping that this one helps me get the qualifications, skills and experience I need to get a career.
“It was good for Baroness Morris to visit us because it gives her a better understanding of the challenges that we’re up against.”