What we do
The Prince's Trust supports 13 to 30 year
olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk
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.
Many of the young people we help are in or
leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health
problems, or have been in trouble with the law.
Our programmes give young people the practical
and financial support they need to stabilise their lives. We
help develop key skills, confidence and motivation, enabling young
people to move into work, education or training.
Watch our film of Karine
Harris to find out how she was helped by The Trust:
Did you know The Prince's Trust was established
in 1976? You can read about our history
We help young people
- Develop skills, prepare for work and improve
their confidence through a structured 12-week
personal development course, individually tailored development
programmes and short engagement programmes
- Improve motivation and attendance at school
through our network of xl clubs
- Work out whether self-employment is right for
them by helping them test their business ideas, write plans and
start their own businesses, or achieve other goals in education,
training, volunteering or other work
- Overcome barriers and get their lives working
with cash awards of between £50 and £500, and mentor support for
those leaving care or prison
- Develop personal and social skills through
residential schemes, group activities and tailored one-to-one
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
- 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
Support The Prince's Trust
To continue this vital work we need your help to raise £60
million this year. There are a wide variety of ways to support The
Trust, from making a donation to signing up for a skydive, a
cycle ride or a Himalyan trek.
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