If you can't find the answer to your question below, there are a variety of ways to get in touch.

Top questions 

Do I have to do everything on the programme?

What will happen with my benefits?

Do you help with childcare fees?

How long do courses last?

Do you cover travel costs?

Development Awards

Can I use a Development Award for equipment for my business?

Can I apply for a Development Award for an overseas trip, expedition or gap year?

Can I apply for a Development Award for University fees?

How long does it take to receive a Development Award?

If I have paid for a course in advance, can I apply for the Development Award and receive a refund?

If I am successful in my application for a Development Award, how will I be paid?

Enterprise

Can I apply for funding to start up my own business?

Can I miss out the four-day course, and apply for a loan straight away to set up my business?

Can I make an appointment to see someone about my business idea?

I have a registered business. Can I receive help from The Prince’s Trust?

How long does the Enterprise programme take?

Do you provide business grants?

Fairbridge

How do I find my nearest Fairbridge centre?

What age do I have to be to go on Fairbridge?

Team

What does the 12 weeks consist of?

Do I have to do the full 12 weeks?

Is Team every day for 12 weeks?

Achieve

What is the Achieve programme?

How does the Achieve programme differ to the xl programme?

Who is the Achieve programme targeted at? 

I am a delivery partner and currently deliver the xl programme. How will I be affected?

Prince's Trust Online 

What is Prince's Trust Online?

Do I have to launch a business or can I change my mind?

How long does the online programme take?

What happens if I start working / studying full-time during the programme?

Can I access loans and grants and how much?

How soon can I get a loan or grant once I start on Prince’s Trust Online?

How soon can I launch my business with The Prince’s Trust?

Are myself and prospective business partner able to complete the online course together?

How soon can I be matched to a mentor?

Do I get to pick my own mentor or am I matched?

Useful information

What should I wear on the course?

What will I be doing during my time on the programme?

Will I get a job after this course?

I have no qualifications / never had a job before – does that matter?

Will I get qualifications from completing the programme?

What kind of qualifications do you offer?

How many other people will be on the course?

Will I have to go to the Job Centre during the course?

I struggle with reading and writing. Can I get additional support?

Is there support for people with disabilities on your programmes?

I am a graduate. What help can I receive?

I’ve got convictions. Can you still help me?

Can I volunteer or do work experience at The Prince’s Trust?

Can my support worker / family member attend the programme with me?

Why wasn’t I selected for a taster day?

I have seen a course in the past which is not currently listed. Do you have a list of up and coming courses? 

Top questions

Do I have to do everything on the programme?

We encourage you to get involved as much as possible, but if you’re really concerned, speak to one of our members of staff or get in touch.

What will happen to my benefits?

We have an agreement with the Jobcentre Plus (JCP), so if you’re on unemployment benefits you can continue to receive these while on the programme.

However, it’s really important that you tell us before you start the programme so we can let you know how it works. Alternatively, you can speak to your Jobcentre Plus Adviser.

Please also be aware that our agreement with the Jobcentre Plus relates to your benefits only. If your parents or guardians are concerned that their own benefits or tax credits may be affected by you enrolling on a Prince’s Trust programme, they should talk to HMRC.

Do you help with childcare costs?

We may be able to help with costs. However individual circumstances must be discussed with your Prince's Trust contact once you’ve expressed your interest.

How long do courses last?

Depending on the course then this can vary in length from a week to three months. After our courses, you will be able to keep in touch with us either through our staff or a Progression Mentor.

Do you cover travel costs?

We do cover reasonable travel costs. Please speak to your Prince’s Trust contact for more information or get in touch.

Development Awards

Can I use a Development Award for equipment for my business?

If you're looking for funding to start your own business, take a look at our Enterprise programme.

Can I apply for a Development Award for an overseas trip, expedition or gap year?

We don’t fund overseas travel or programmes. However, we do know some organisations that may be able to support you with your next steps.

Can I apply for a Development Award for University fees?

We can only fund courses that are at Level 3 or below. This is equivalent to A-Level or below. However, we do know some organisations that may be able to support you with your next steps.

How long does it take to receive a Development Award?

The whole process can take up to six weeks, so we recommend getting in touch with us sooner rather than later.

No. We don’t refund any money paid out in advance.

If I am successful in my application for a Development Award, how will I be paid?

We use a range of methods, including procurement cards, cheques or vouchers and payments are made directly to the relevant organisation e.g. local college or online retailer.

Enterprise

Can I apply for funding to start up my own business?

Our Enterprise programme offers a range of support to help you think through your business idea and decide whether self-employment is right for you – including the opportunity to apply for business finance.

As a delivery partner of the Start Up Loans Company, together we support young people like you into business and offer low interest finance at a rate of around 6% APR to help get you started. Find out more on our Enterprise programme funding page.

Can I miss out the four-day course, and apply for a loan straight away to set up my business?

We want to make sure you have our support to explore your business idea before committing to a loan. As part of this support, it’s important that you attend the whole programme and consider if your idea will work and whether self-employment is right for you. This involves our free four-day workshop to give you a taste of what you need to know and do to start your own business. You will then be given one-to-one support from one of our advisers to help you test your idea and write your business plan.

Can I make an appointment to see someone about my business idea?

If you're eligible for our Enterprise programme, you will be invited to an Information Session to learn more about the programme, followed by an Explore Enterprise course to learn about topics relevant to starting and running a business. Following this, you will work one-to-one with us to plan your next step – whether that’s starting a business or some other goal.

I have a registered business. Can I receive help from The Prince’s Trust?

Our Enterprise programme is for young people who are currently unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week and are interested in exploring whether self-employment is right for them. It’s designed to help you make that decision and explore your idea further, rather than for those already running their own business. However, if you’re registered but you’ve not yet launched your business, get in touch to talk about if you can still apply.

If you have started your business, you may still want to explore other tools and resources we have. We also have a list of organisations which may be able to support you with your next steps.

How long does the Enterprise programme take?

You can work with us on the programme for up to 12 months to ensure you have the support, space and time you need to make decisions and explore your idea. However, you may be ready to launch your business much sooner, and our team will work with you at your own pace.

Do you provide business grants?

Once you complete our Explore Enterprise course you will then be provided with support and mentoring to set up your own business. After this, you may apply for a Start-up loan of up to £5,000 to launch your business. We may also offer small start-up business grants in special circumstances.

Fairbridge

How do I find my nearest Fairbridge centre ?

The Fairbridge programme starts with a five-day Access course. You can find a list of upcoming Access courses in your area, and apply, by looking at our course map.

What age do I have to be to go on Fairbridge?

The Fairbridge programme is for 16 to 25-year-olds. If you're aged 11 to 16 and looking for support, take a look at our Achieve programme. 

Team

What does the 12 weeks consist of?

Team is 12 weeks of fun! You’ll spend a week away on a residential, doing outdoor adventurous activities and team building, decide and complete a community project, take part in a work experience placement and finish a community challenge before ending with a celebration of your achievements. Throughout Team you will gain new skills, confidence and be supported to find a route into employment, education or training.

Do I have to do the full 12 weeks?

Yes, you would have to complete the full 12 weeks. Teams run on a regular basis, so if this is not something you can commit to at the moment, you can always sign up to the next one or at a later date.

Is Team every day for 12 weeks?

Team runs from Monday to Friday for 12 weeks. Individual circumstances can be discussed with your local Team leader once you’ve expressd your interest.

Achieve

What is the Achieve programme?

Achieve is our new education programme, which will be delivered across the UK from August 2016. Achieve brings together the best of our former xl and Fairbridge under 16 programmes.

We'll continue delivering our Fairbridge programme to 16 to 25-year-olds, however, the delivery of our xl programme will end in July 2016.

How does the Achieve programme differ to the xl programme?

In addition to delivering in schools, colleges, youth offender institutions and pupil referral units; our Achieve programme can be delivered in a Prince's Trust centre in England and Scotland. This means that we're able to deliver our Achieve programme to 11 to 16-year-olds who cannot access the course in a school or alternative education setting. 

As Achieve is a flexible programme, it can be delivered either as a club in an education setting (similar to our former xl clubs) or as a ten-week programme in a Prince's Trust centre. 

We'll be providing delivery partners with a suite of high-quality session materials, in-depth training and increased opportunities to engage with our network of corporate partners - offering exclusive, skills-boosting opportunities for young people.

Who is the Achieve programme targeted at? 

Young people aged 11 to 19-years-old who are struggling to fulfil their true potential or who need support to re-engage with education.

I am a delivery partner and currently deliver the xl programme. How will I be affected?

From August 2016, all current xl clubs will become Achieve clubs. Achieve clubs will be very similar to xl clubs, so delivery partners should not experience any disruption. If you'd like to know more specific details about Achieve, then please get in touch with your key contact at The Prince's Trust (your dedicated Programme Executive).  

Prince's Trust Online 

What is Prince's Trust Online?

Prince's Trust Online is our new free digital learning platform that allows young people to learn through videos, top tips and guidance. Prince's Trust is currently running our Enterprise programme to help 18 to 30-year-olds become their own boss. With ideas on how to market your business and financial advice, it's a one-stop shop to get you to where you want to be. What's more, you'll also be teamed with an e-mentor to help you on your journey. 

We'll be following up with Employability modules on Prince's Trust Online this autumn, equipping you with everything you need to prepare your CV and ace job interviews. 

Do I have to launch a business or can I change my mind?

The Enterprise programme is designed to support you work out whether self-employment is right for you. If starting a business is the right next step, we can help you work out whether your business idea is viable and support you to write a business plan. If it isn’t, we will support you to take the next step that is right for you, whether that be a job, education, training, volunteering or another Prince’s Trust programme.

How long does the online programme take?

The Enterprise programme is designed to be flexible so that you can take part in the programme at a time and place that suits you. We will provide you with up to three months of support in order to decide what the right next step is for you, whether that is starting a business or moving into a job, education, training, volunteering or another Prince’s Trust programme. At the end of the three months you mentor will support you to work what your next step is as what as what support you will need to get there.

What happens if I start working / studying full-time during the programme?

If your circumstances change whilst you are on the programme, your mentor will support you to decide whether you want to continue on the programme, or focus your time on work or study.

Can I access loans and grants and how much?

Our Enterprise programme offers a range of support to help you think through your business idea and decide whether self-employment is right for you – including the opportunity to apply for business finance. As a delivery partner of the Start Up Loans Company, we can support young people like you to apply for a low interest loan of up to £5,000. Small start-up business grants are also available in special circumstances.

How soon can I get a loan or grant once I start on Prince’s Trust Online?

We want to make sure you have our support to explore your business idea before committing to a loan. As part of this support, we’ll provide you with learning content to give you a taste of what you need to know and do to start your own business as well as a mentor who will support you to consider if your idea will work and whether self-employment is right for you. If you decide self-employment is right for you, your mentor will support you to write a business plan which is the first step in applying for finance.

How soon can I launch my business with The Prince’s Trust?

We want to make sure you have our support to explore your business idea before committing to starting a business and potentially committing to a loan. We will provide you with one-to-one support from a mentor to help you test your idea and write your business plan. You can access up to three months of support, however, you may be ready to launch your business much sooner, and your mentor will work with you at your own pace.

Are myself and prospective business partner able to complete the online course together?

In order to launch your business with the support of The Trust, your business partner must also be eligible for our support. However, this does not stop you taking part in the Enterprise programme.

How soon can I be matched to a mentor?

We will match you with your mentor on the platform once you have completed a Learning Styles quiz to see which style of learning works best for you. Once you’ve done this your match should be within two working days of getting your log-in details.

Do I get to pick my own mentor or am I matched?

We will select your online mentor for you based on your skills, interests and availability so that you receive the best support possible. For example, if you’re looking to set up your own business then we’ll do our best to match you with a mentor who has relevant business experience. Or, if you’re looking to get a job we’ll try to match you with a mentor who can help with employability skills. We will work with you as best we can if you have additional support needs or are not happy with your mentor.

Useful information

What should I wear on the course?

There are no specific requirements about what to wear, although it may vary from course to course. If personal protective equipment or a uniform is required then this will be provided. If it is a sport themed programme then appropriate clothes need to be worn.

What will I be doing during my time on the programme?

Our programmes and courses vary depending upon the type of support required. Get in touch to find out more details.

Will I get a job after this course?

All of our courses will equip you with the skills and confidence needed for employment and support is available afterwards to help you reach your goals.

What happens if I get a job during the course?

We’d congratulate you! Simply let us know so we can make a note of this on our records.

What time do I have to be at the course each day?

This will vary depending on the course. We can provide you with this information once you’ve been referred.

I have no qualifications / never had a job before – does that matter?

No. We have different programmes that are suitable for different young people. None of our programmes require you to have qualifications or previous work experience. Just bring yourself and your enthusiasm!

Will I get qualifications from completing the programme?

It depends on the programme you’re doing and where you’re doing it. Qualifications are organised locally and are available through our Enterprise programme, Teamxl and Fairbridge programmes. Speak to one of our members of staff or get in touch.

What kind of qualifications do you offer?

The qualifications owned by The Prince’s Trust are all vocational qualifications to develop employability skills which will be useful whatever you choose to do next. Speak to one of our members of staff or get in touch

How many other people will be on the course?

We usually have between 12-15 young people, although this varies from course to course.

Will I have to go to the Job Centre during the course?

Before you start one of our courses we recommend that you discuss the dates and times with your Jobcentre Plus Adviser. If the course is scheduled to clash with your next signing on appointment, then they may be able to cancel the appointment or rearrange the time.

I struggle with reading and writing. Can I get additional support?

There are many opportunities to practice reading, writing and number skills whilst on our courses. On some programmes, you may be required to take a skills assessment so we can identify your strengths and development areas. This isn’t a test. It simply helps us to help you.

If you feel you need help let us know so we can make sure you have the right support in place.

Is there support for people with disabilities on your programmes?

We make every effort to enable young people with particular needs to come onto our programmes. When you get in touch with us, let us know what requirements you have and we’ll let you know how we can help.

I am a graduate. What help can I receive?

If you graduated more than six months ago and meet our eligibility criteria, please get in touch and we can work together to identify the support you need.

I’ve got convictions. Can you still help me?

We’ll need some more information to answer this question. Get in touch to find out how we can help you.

Can I volunteer or do work experience at The Prince’s Trust?

We don’t offer work experience opportunities but we do work with a number of employers to source placements suited to the programme you are attending.

Can my support worker / family member attend the programme with me?

Our programmes are designed to help you to become more independent by developing your confidence. There are cases where your support worker or family member may attend. Speak to one of our members of staff or get in touch.

Why wasn’t I selected for a taster day?

Taster days are primarily designed to ensure that the programme is the right fit for you. Sometimes there are more suitable and interested young people than spaces available on the programme. If you weren’t picked on this occasion, don’t worry. Take a look at our course map for more opportunities near you or get in touch.

I have seen a course in the past which is not currently listed.  Do you have a list of up and coming courses? 

You can find a list of upcoming programmes in your area by looking at our course map. Seen something you like, but it isn’t available via our course map? Get in touch and we’ll try to provide you with more details.