James Hughes had his very own throwback experience when he visited his old highschool to talk about how The Prince’s Trust gave him the confidence to audition for XFactor.

Now aged 17, James went back to his school in Scotland, St. Aidan’s, and met with young people who are thinking of choosing our Achieve programme. 

James took part in the xl programme two years ago, which has since been developed into our new Achieve programme. It gives young people practical experience to help develop their life skills, discover their skills and aspirations for the future, preparation for the world of work, and a Prince’s Trust qualification. 

I was having a difficult time at school, my confidence was low and I wasn’t paying attention in class. I joined The Prince’s Trust course not sure what to expect, but it has been one of the best things I have ever done. It gave me the confidence to be myself, meet new friends and gain qualifications.

He recently made it all the way to Judges’ Houses on the XFactor and says it thanks to The Prince’s Trust that he had the confidence to audition.

James said: "I would recommend the Achieve programme to everyone at school. Having The Prince’s Trust on your CV means something to employers and they trust it."

Without the course, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to apply for the X-Factor. I can’t recommend it enough.

Tracey Keating, who was one of James’ teachers at St.Aidan’s, also recognised the positive difference the programme had on his confidence.

Everyone at St. Aidan’s is so proud of everything James has achieved. He is a perfect example of how The Prince’s Trust Achieve programme can help young people build their confidence and gave them aspirations to achieve their dreams. We are excited to see what the future has in store for James.
- Tracey Keating