HRH The Prince of Wales visited the flagship Marks & Spencer store in Marble Arch, London today, to meet a group of young people who have successfully completed Make Your Mark.

He was joined by M&S chief executive, Marc Bolland, for a tour of the store where he met 12 disadvantaged young people taking part in the Make Your Mark course, a four-week employability programme run in partnership with the retailer.

HRH visited the M&S delicatessen where he heard about the provenance of the produce on offer, from Rebecca Blythe, 23, from Sutton, who is currently on the programme. Rebecca also told him about the skills and confidence she has gained so far on the course.

As part of the visit, HRH and Marc Bolland attended the programme’s celebration event, where HRH presented the group with their certificates. 

Martina Milburn, chief executive of The Prince’s Trust, said:

A frightening number of unemployed young people don’t have a support network in place, and they can often end up feeling hopeless and alone. But, with the right support we can help get these lives on track.

"We are incredibly grateful to Marks & Spencer for helping us to reach the most vulnerable young people offering them hope for the future."

Make Your Mark helps disadvantaged young people gain the skills and confidence to find work in the retail sector.

Young people undertake employability skills training and on-the-job experience and also receive a dedicated career coach. Around 1,500 young people are supported each year through the programme and in 2013 M&S became one of the companies involved in the creation of a UK-wide Movement to Work – a collaboration of around 200 employers including 14 leading FTSE businesses and their suppliers, to play their part in helping young unemployed people into the job market.