When it comes to digital know-how, The Prince’s Trust has one objective: to close the skills gap in the UK by enriching learning for young people. This is no small feat, but it’s been made easier over the past three years thanks to our partner Samsung – the world’s leading technology company.
Prioritising science, technology, engineering and math subjects – known as STEM – we’re tackling youth unemployment together, by helping vulnerable young people become the leaders of tomorrow. And it all begins with our Samsung Digital Classrooms at our Kennington, Stoke and Glasgow centres.
Packed with state-of-the-art technology – Samsung cameras, tablets, interactive whiteboards and wireless printers – our Digital Classrooms help the hardest to reach young people, who are currently out of work, education and training, feel excited about their potential.
From coding an app to creating a video diary, the opportunities are endless. We also use our Digital Classrooms for group maths and science sessions, photography classes, sessions specifically designed to inspire an interest in science and develop problem solving skills such as 'CSI Investigation', and CV workshops. Samsung has been a powerful draw for young people, representing cutting-edge equipment and aspiration.
Young person, Kennington Centre
Making learning engaging
For some young people at the centre, traditional ‘pencil and paper’ learning is a struggle. So the classrooms are great places for young people to get started with emails, format CVs and fill out job and university applications using the skills and confidence they’ve gained through our programmes.
Zaichen Lu, Digital Development Manager
The figures speak for themselves. In our Kennington Centre alone, 75% of young people claim the Digital Classroom has made learning more interesting and will help them to get a job.
What's more, young people supported through Fairbridge programme who cook up a storm in our development kitchens, kitted out with Samsung ovens and fridges, can now research recipe videos before taking a quick photo of their creation – making learning about key life skills, such as budgeting and cooking, far more engaging.
Working together to change young lives
Samsung technology is also a vital ingredient for some of our other programmes including Get Started with Digital Media. But Samsung isn’t just providing equipment and influencing our programmes, it’s also helping us empower staff to deliver engaging sessions.
Between this, headlining Celebrate Success, fundraising through our Zero to Hero entrepreneurial challenge, trekking in the Sahara Desert, and turning out in force for Palace to Palace, Samsung is helping us to change hundreds of young lives.
Aleyne Johnson, Head of Government Affairs and Citizenship at Samsung UK, says: