James loved art but could not find suitable employment in that field, despite having done an apprenticeship in an art studio.

He felt quite down. He wanted to be an artist but did not know how he could make a living out of it.

An artist friend, James Gillick, recommended James to The Prince’s Trust. He was accepted onto The Trust’s Enterprise programme, a four-day course that helps unemployed young people start up in business, through the provision of start-up funding and mentoring.

James said: “I felt like everyone had a lesson in school on how to succeed and get on with people and that I missed it. The Prince’s Trust gave me another chance to learn that lesson.”

James has since set up a conservation business restoring art works. He is now considering going to University to deepen his knowledge and skills around conservation.

The Prince’s Trust has given me the confidence and the practical tools to set up my own business and to go that step further to be successful. I can now look at the future with confidence.

In 2016 James’ artwork was selected by our retail partner, Asos, as a winner of the Tomorrow’s Talent competition. His designs will be used for a range of Asos t-shirts.