Thanks to the help of our supporters, thousands of young people are beating the odds. But how can we make sure this continues, whatever the future brings?

Machine automation and a fast evolving jobs market will transform the employment landscape over the coming decades. We want to make sure that the support we offer moves with the times.

To do so, we are changing the way we work to make sure young people have the best chance of success. In July 2017 we launched Prince’s Trust Online. This is a new digital support and training platform that makes our personal and practical support available digitally. Mentoring remains key, but happens through online messages rather than face to face or over the phone.

Trust Online is such a big focus for us because we want young people to have the option to do their own thing and work more flexibly”, says Richard Chadwick Director of Programmes and Development at The Trust.

Most forecasters say that seasonal jobs will be on the rise. Employers need a larger workforce during busy summer or Christmas periods. Having a range of skills will help young people to switch between jobs when opportunities arise. But agile working takes courage. Richard Chadwick explains

Gaining confidence through our online programmes and mentoring allows young people to tackle job challenges more boldly.

Over time this online tool will increase the numbers of young people we can help. It will also mean we can more easily reach young people who have mobility restrictions, struggle with childcare or are in more rural areas.

Another way that The Trust is preparing for the future is by growing our programmes for teenagers. We have brought the lower age limit down from 13 to 11. Richard says:

We believe that intervening earlier in a young person’s life will give them a better chance of growing their skills and confidence, and will help them to gain an insight into their strengths sooner

A study from Oxford University called ‘The Future of Employment’ looked at common professions and found that some jobs are at a greater risk than others. The fastest-growing jobs will most likely require creativity, flexibility, judgment and 'soft skills'. Our current programmes include opportunities to join the retail, healthcare, and hospitality sectors, which are all predicted to have great opportunities for growth and low-likelihood of automation. We constantly review the programmes that we offer to make sure that we are providing the most useful skills for the job market.

Young people still need basic technology, English, and maths skills, but soft skills like good communication, listening, and having a positive attitude are also very important to employers. We need to give young people the building blocks of confidence and self-belief to be competitive.

Some say the 2020s will be a decade not of unemployment, but of redeployment. As the work landscape evolves, we believe that with your support, young people can lead us boldly into the future.

Thanks to all our supporters, for helping to shape a bright future for young people. You are helping the next generation to be ready for whatever the world throws at them.