What we do

The Prince's Trust helps change young lives.

Around one in five young people in the UK are not in work, education or training. Youth unemployment costs the UK economy £10 million a day in lost productivity, while youth crime costs £1 billion every year.

We address this by giving practical and financial support to the young people who need it most. We help develop key skills, confidence and motivation, enabling young people to move into work, education or training.

The Trust was established in 1976, you can read about our history here.

Programmes to support young people

We run programmes that encourage young people to take responsibility for themselves – helping them build the life they choose rather than the one they’ve ended up with:

  • The Enterprise programme provides money and support to help young people start up in business.
  • The Team programme is a 12-week personal development course, offering work experience, qualifications, practical skills, community projects and a residential week.
  • Get Started are short courses designed to help young people develop new skills, build confidence and have fun, helping them to move forwards in their lives.
  • Get into are short courses offering intensive training and experience in a specific sector to help young people get a job.
  • Development Awards are small grants to enable young people to access education, training or work.
  • Prince's Trust xl clubs give 13-19 year olds who are at risk of truanting, exclusion and underachievement a say in their education. They aim to improve attendance, motivation and social skills.
  • The Fairbridge programme works with young people aged 13-25, giving them the motivation, self-confidence and skills they need to change their lives.

Raising funds

To continue this vital work we need to raise £60 million this year. We rely upon generous giving and fundraising from a huge variety of people. Supporting The Prince's Trust can be:

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The Prince's Trust Factsheet 2013/14

The Trust helped over 55,800 young people last year.

 Tomorrow campaign

The Tomorrow campaign

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The A-Z of Young Businesses

Read about young people who have set up businesses with the support of The Prince's Trust in our A-Z of Young Businesses, in partnership with RBS.

The A-Z of Young Businesses