Royal Palace of United Kingdom, Buckingham Palace, and prestigious red carpet event The Prince’s Trust Awards have been witness to the extraordinary transformation story of Nilam from Bhandup in Mumbai who received the Prince’s Trust Global Award. The Prince’s Trust Awards, an annual event held at The London Palladium, recognizes the outstanding achievements of young people supported through programmes at The Trust. For the first time, a Global Award has been presented to two young people on programmes with the Trust’s international partners.
Nilam was the only young person from India to be nominated for the prestigious award. Magic Bus India Foundation is a non-profit organization helping millions of children and young people like Nilam, in India move out of poverty by gaining life skills and employability skills. They collaborate with Prince’s Trust International on the Get Into programme; an employability programme aimed at bridging the gap between education and employment for young people. Nilam was a participant on the Get Into programme in Mumbai and her achievements on it and afterwards have been honoured by the Prince’s Trust Global Award. The Prince’s Trust Global Award recognizes the life-changing, sustainable and inspirational journeys of young people from across the globe supported by The Prince’s Trust Group and its international partners like Magic Bus India Foundation. Nilam received her award from internationally acclaimed musician Tinie Tempah and spoke with The Prince of Wales about her journey, in front of an audience of 2500 people.
Earlier, on the evening of 12th March, Nilam attended a dinner hosted by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace where she shared her story with guests present. Nilam Tambe (22) lives in a small one-room dwelling with a kitchen, toilet and shared sleeping area in Bhavani Nagar, a slum in Bhandup. Her father, a laborer earns his daily wages working at a construction site to provide for the entire family. To ensure her younger siblings stay in school, Nilam wanted to share the financial burden with her father. After completing her graduation in Commerce, she looked for a job. However, she lacked the right employability skills and did not have the knowledge of interview processes or how to successfully pass an interview. She struggled to get a job.
Nilam then heard from a friend about the Get Into programme by Magic Bus and Prince’s Trust International and decided to go to the centre to find out more. After enrolling on the programme, she gained work readiness skills and life skills as well as personal development skills. She also learnt basic IT and spoken English and financial literacy. She experienced job application and interview related sessions and pre and post placement preparation. Nilam threw herself into the programme with complete dedication to learn as much as she could and develop as many skills. Her interpersonal skills and confidence began to flourish over the course of the programme. This landed her a job as a Supervisor working with children at an edutainment theme park, with a monthly salary. The experience of teaching and mentoring children has further instilled confidence in Nilam and now she wants to pursue teaching as a profession.