Frequently Asked Questions

Got a question about The Trust but haven't found the answer yet? Please take a look at our list of Frequently Asked Questions below.

If you can't find the answer to your question below, there are a variety of ways to get in touch.

 

1.   I am not sure what Prince’s Trust course is right for me?

2.   Can I apply for funding to start up my own business?

3.   Can I miss out the 4 day course, and apply for a loan straight away to set up my business?

4.   Can I make an appointment to see someone about my business idea?

5.   I have a registered business; can I receive help from The Prince’s Trust?

6.   How long does the Enterprise Programme take?

7.   Can I use a Development Award for equipment for my business?

8.   Can I apply for a Development Award for an overseas trip, expedition or gap year?

9.   Can I apply for a Development Award for University fees?

10.  How long does it take to receive a Development Award?

11.   If I have paid for a course in advance, can I apply for the Development Award and receive a refund?

12. If I am successful in my application for a Development Award, how will I be paid?

13. Can you help me find a course?

14.   Do you provide Development Award for driving lessons?

15.   Do you provide cost of living expenses? i.e. furniture, rent, everyday clothing.

16.   Do we help with resettlement costs for prisoners?

17.   Do I receive benefits on the Team, Get into or Get Started programme?

18.   Do you cover travel costs on the Team, Get into or Get Started programme?

19.   Do you find work experience opportunities?

20.   Can you help find jobs?

21.   I am ready to work, should I apply for a Get into or Get Started course?

22.   Is there support for people with disabilities on your programmes?

23.   I am a graduate, what help can I receive?

24.   Are there any exceptions to the rules about programme age criteria?

25.   Do you run apprenticeships?

26.    I want to volunteer for The Prince’s Trust, what do I do next?

27.    I would like to work for The Prince’s Trust; can I send you a CV?

28.    What can I do on the Fairbridge programme?

29.    What's the Fairbridge Access course?

30.    What do I get at the end of the Access?

31.    What happens after my Access?

32.    What's Spirit of Fairbridge?

33.     When do I finish at Fairbridge?

 

1. I am not sure what Prince’s Trust course is right for me?

We can help to work out which course is right for you. You can get in touch with us in many ways. Find out which way suits you best by checking our Contact Us pages. The Customer Service Team can answer your questions and register you for the course that is right for you. 

2. Can I apply for funding to start up my own business?

Our Enterprise Programme will offer you a range of support to help you think through your business idea and decide whether self-employment is right for you. This could include the opportunity to apply for business finance. The Prince's Trust is a delivery partner of the Start Up Loans Company. Together we support young people like you into business and we offer low interest finance at a rate of around 6% APR to help get you started. Find out more on our Enterprise funding page.

3. Can I miss out the 4 day course, and apply for a loan straight away to set up my business?

We want to make sure you have our support to explore your business idea before committing to a loan. As part of this support, it’s important that you attend the whole programme and consider if your idea will work and whether self-employment is right for you. This involves a free four day workshop to give you a taste of what you need to know and do to start your own business. You will then be given one-to-one support from a Prince’s Trust advisor to help you write and test your business plan.

4. Can I make an appointment to see someone about my business idea?

If you join our Enterprise Programme, you will be invited along to an Information Session to learn more about the programme, followed by an Explore Enterprise course to learn about topics relevant to starting and running a business. Following the Explore Enterprise course, you will work one-to-one with a Prince’s Trust adviser or volunteer to plan your next step; whether that’s starting a business or some other goal.

5. I have a registered business; can I receive help from The Prince’s Trust?

The Enterprise Programme is for young people who are currently unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week and are interested in exploring whether self-employment is right for them. The programme is designed to help you make that decision and explore your idea further, rather than for those already running their own business. However, if you’re registered but you’ve not yet launched your business, please contact us to talk about if you can still apply for the programme.

If you have started your business, you may still want to explore other resources we have available on our Enterprise pages. The following pages also offer a regularly updated list of organisations that may be able to support you with your next steps.

National organisations

Regional organisations

6. How long does the Enterprise Programme take?

You can work with us on the programme for up to 12 months to ensure you have the support, space and time you need to make decisions and explore your idea. However, you may be ready to launch your business much sooner, and our team will work with you at your own pace.

7. Can I use a Development Award for equipment for my business?

If you're looking for funding to start your own business, please visit our Enterprise pages.

8. Can I apply for a Development Award for an overseas trip, expedition or gap   year?

The Prince’s Trust does not fund overseas travel or programmes. The following pages offer regularly updated lists of organisations that may be able to support you with your next steps

National Organisations

Regional Organisations

9. Can I apply for a Development Award for University fees?

 The Prince’s Trust  can only fund courses that are at Level 3 or below. This is equivalent to A-Level or below. The following pages offer regularly updated lists of organisations that may be able to support you in your next steps

National Organisations

Regional Organisations

10. How long does it take to receive a Development Award?

It takes between 4 – 6 weeks depending on how busy we are so please leave enough time when applying.

11. If I have paid for a course in advance, can I apply for the Development Award and receive a refund?

No - The Prince’s Trust does not refund any money paid out in advance.

12. If I am successful in my application for a Development Award, how will I be paid?

Payment is never made to young people directly. The Prince’s Trust will use procurement cards, cheques or vouchers to make payments to the relevant third party e.g. local college or online retailer etc…

13. Can you help me find a course?

To apply for a Development Award you need to know what you want to apply for and the reasons why. If you know you need help but don’t know what you want to do then The Prince’s Trust can help you through a variety of programmes. Please call 0800 842 842 to discuss your options with us.

14. Do you provide Development Award for driving lessons?

The Prince's Trust won't generally fund driving lessons but this but this will vary regionally depending on the transport links available in your area and if driving is absolutely vital for you to access a job or training. If you would like to enquire please contact your local Prince’s Trust office.

15. Do you provide cost of living expenses? i.e. furniture, rent, everyday clothing.

No - The Prince’s Trust only provides funding for young people to help with progression into work, education or training.

16. Do we help with resettlement costs for prisoners?

Unfortunately we cannot help with these kind of costs.  The following pages offer regularly updated lists of organisations that may be able to support you with your next steps ex-offender support agencies.

17. Do I receive benefits on the Team, Get into or Get Started programme?

The Prince’s Trust has an agreement with Jobcentre Plus (JCP) so that young people who are on unemployment benefits can normally continue to receive these while on the programme.

However, it’s really important you speak to your Jobcentre Plus Adviser before you start your programme, so you can check this and agree any steps you need to take in order to continue to claim your benefits.

Please also be aware that our agreement with JCP relates to your benefits only. If your parents or guardians are concerned that their own benefits or tax credits may be affected by you coming on a Trust programme, they should talk to HMRC.

18. Do you cover travel costs on the Team, Get into or Get Started programme?

Yes, we do cover some travel costs, please speak to your Team Leader or Prince’s Trust contact for more information.

19. Do you find work experience opportunities?

Depending on The Programme, The Trust can help you with work experience:

Team  - includes 2 weeks work experience. Your Team Leader will help you find your work experience

Get into – can provide practical training and work experience in a variety of sectors such as retail, construction and hospitality

Get Started – is followed by 3 months progression support from The Prince’s Trust who will work with you to find suitable work experience, or to achieve another goal

Enterprise  – will provide you with support to find work experience if you decide that work experience is necessary either before pursuing self employment or as an alternative to self-employment.

20.  Can you help to  find jobs?

Similar to question 20, The Trust can help in different ways depending on the course The best course if you are ready for employment is Get into

Team, Enterprise and Get Started programmes also include some employability support such as; CV, job application and interview workshops. Also there is progression support available with The Trust after these programmes to help you achieve your goals.

21. I am ready to work, should I apply for a Get into or Get Started course?

Get into courses are for young people who are ready for work but do not have the qualifications or training they need in order to get a job. They involve sector-specific training, employability skills and work experience and often include a relevant qualification to help you progress in your chosen sector.

Get Started courses are for young people who are not ready for work. It gives them the chance to try something new and develop skills and, for the majority of young people, the aim is to get back into training or education, rather than employment.

22. Is there support for people with disabilities on your programmes?

We will make every effort to accommodate young people’s particular needs and encourage young people to speak openly to The Trust about what they would need to take part. You migh also like to check out the following pages.They are often updated lists of organisations that may be able to support you with your next steps

23.  I am a graduate, what help can I receive?

If you graduated more than 6 months ago and meet our eligibility criteria, please contact us to talk about what opportunities there might be to join the Enterprise Programme in your area. 

24.   Are there any exceptions to the rules about programme age criteria?

The only exception is on the Get Started and Get into programmes. If a young person has legally left school at the age of 15 and are going to turn 16 before 31st August then they are eligible for the programme.

25.   Do you run apprenticeships?

No, but the Get into programme sometimes comes with the opportunity to apply for an apprenticeship at the end of the course.

26.   I want to volunteer for The Prince’s Trust, what do I do next?

All of current volunteer vacancies are listed on our website. Once you are on the webpage, please click on your region to find local vacancies.  Please apply using the online form. For more information about volunteering please click here.

27.    I would like to work for The Prince’s Trust; can I send you a CV?

The Prince’s Trust does not accept CVs. Please go to our website for a list of current vacancies and apply using the online application form.

If you can't find the answer you are looking for, please call our Customer Services Advisors on 0800 842 842 Monday - Friday between 9am and 5pm or send us an email.

28.    What can I do on the Fairbridge programme?

You'll get the chance to try lots of different activities. If you're interested in outdoor activities, you could try climbing, canoeing, caving and lots more. If you're not so keen on the outdoors, we also offer activities like art, drama and music. Before you start a course you will meet with one of the Outreach & Development Workers at least once and will get the chance to visit your local Prince's Trust Centre, so it won't all seem completely new.

29.    What's the Fairbridge Access course?

Access is the first thing you'll do on the Fairbridge programme. It's for you to find out how we work, meet new people and try new challenges. Access is about a week long, and usually includes one or two nights away on a residential. During the course you will do challenging activities like rock-climbing, kayaking, mountain walks and abseiling. You'll also help out with cooking and cleaning up after the group. The Access is a good opportunity to meet new people, and a lot of young people who come on the Fairbridge programme say they made a lot of friends.

30.    What do I get at the end of the Access?

At the end of the course you get a Fairbridge Access certificate and a certificate showing that you have three credits towards an ASDAN qualification. Access is like your passport onto the other activities we run on the Fairbridge programme.

31.     What happens after my Access?

After Access you will have a chat with your Outreach and Development Worker about what you want to do next. The Fairbridge programme offers lots of different projects and courses, which could be more outdoor activities or courses that help you to develop skills for work or living on your own.

We also offer the chance to get some qualifications. The groups are small and you get a lot of support. You can choose which courses interest you and arrange to come along. You can do as many courses on the Fairbridge programme as you need to help you get to your next move.

32.    What's Spirit of Fairbridge?

The Fairbridge programme has its own boat, the Spirit of Fairbridge, in Scotland. If you're interested you can go sailing. A lot of our young people say it's the experience of a lifetime. If you want to go sailing on Spirit of Fairbridge your Outreach and Development Worker will help you figure out what you need to do and help you to plan your trip.

33.     When do I finish at Fairbridge?

As long as you are aged between 13 and 25, you can stay at Fairbridge for as long as you need, until you feel ready to make your next step. We'll give you lots of support to do this. If you feel that you need to come back, you can. The door is always open.


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