HRH The Prince of Wales attended an event celebrating the work of his Prince’s Trust International in Greece as part of his recent official visit.

His Royal Highness’s visit came only a few weeks after the charity’s first programme delivery in the country following extensive scoping and research carried out during the last year. The official launch of Prince’s Trust International in Greece was held in April 2017 and attended by its Chairman, Lloyd Dorfman, and Prince’s Trust Group Chief Executive, Dame Martina Milburn.

Unemployment and youth unemployment in Greece are currently the highest in the European Union. With almost two thirds of unemployed young people having been out of work for more than a year, and youth unemployment expected to remain high, Prince’s Trust International is helping to upskill the country’s young people through its Get Into and Enterprise programmes. It is doing so thanks to the integral support of local partners the Bodossaki Foundation, Knowl Social Enterprise, Corallia Clusters Initiative and Action Finance Initative. There has also been an investment from The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation.

The Get Into programme is designed to give unemployed young people aged between 16 to 30 the experience and training needed to move into a job.

Jonathan Townsend, Chief Executive of Prince’s Trust International, said:

The early signs of our work in Greece are very positive and are a great example of how we can work together with local partners to help young people reach their potential and transform their lives. We now look forward to building on this success and supporting many young people across the country into meaningful employment. I would of course like to extend our sincerest thanks to our delivery partners and the many businesses that are making this possible.

Thanks to the support of pilot funders, a Prince’s Trust International project manager has been based in Athens since mid-February to share the programme model, and support the delivery of the first programme, a four-week Get into Sales with Vodafone, which started in April. The charity is currently seeking to secure funding to develop and grow Get Into and to aid the roll-out of its Enterprise programme, which helps young entrepreneurs to turn their business ideas into reality through expert traning and mentoring as well as financial support.

Fragiski Melissa, HR Director at Vodafone Greece, said:

By joining forces with Prince’s Trust International we can deliver on our commitment to create a more sustainable and exciting future for our youth and our country.

The second pilot programme, Get into Customer Service, is due to begin this month with Greek company, Goldair Handling S.A.