In 2021 The Prince’s Trust announced a new partnership with Marvel to support the next generation of talented product designers who want to make a positive influence on the world. Now, less than one year on since the first Get Started in Product Design programme with Marvel, the very first collection created by Prince’s Trust supported young people is here!
The young people created products inspired by the teamwork of Marvel’s Super Heroes and the values of inclusivity. The Marvel product range is on sale across Europe now.
Read on to discover more about our partnership, the inspiration behind the collection and to meet the young people who made it happen.
Two iconic universes unite
The Prince’s Trust and Marvel set out to make a positive statement to the world about unity, collaboration, and empowerment. Together we’re supporting young people to ‘find their own power’ by creating products and stories which will inspire customers. The programme was designed to empower young people to break into creative industries like product design, fashion and marketing.
Get Started in Product Design with Marvel
We know the fashion and design industries can be hard to break into, so the Get Started in Product Design programme with Marvel included over thirty different workshops to develop young people’s skills. Young people gained entry-level experience in product design, with guidance and mentorship from Disney designers, marketers, and retail teams.
By the end of the programme, Prince’s Trust supported young people designed two brand new Marvel product collections. As well as fronting the visuals for the product campaign, the young people worked alongside the Disney team on set to help direct the photo shoot and produce materials for the launch.
The first collection focuses on Marvel’s The Avengers and is on sale now. The second range, which launches later this year will celebrate incredible female Super Heroes from across the Marvel universe, such as Wanda Maximoff, Black Widow and Captain Marvel.
In addition to the two-week programme, the young people worked alongside mentors from Disney for six months to build on their skills and secure experience and work opportunities. Many of the group have now started exciting careers in the creative industries.
Take a behind the scenes look at the young people’s experience of the Get Started in Product Design programme.
Behind the scenes
Celebrating the launch of the first Prince’s Trust and Marvel collection
We assembled heroes of the partnership to celebrate the Marvel product launch in March 2022, where we were joined by Celebrity Ambassadors including Sir Ben Kingsley, Adam Pearson and Colin Salmon. The young people shared their inspiring stories and achievements since completing the programme.
A partnership full of Super Heroes
Find out more about the young people who created the Prince's Trust and Marvel product collection.
"My mentor has given me some invaluable advice, including CV and cover letter which has helped me bag quite a few interviews so far."
"This experience helped improve my confidence, pushed me to the next level and helped me grow as a person."
"Before signing up to the Prince’s Trust course I was not sure what career direction to pursue. The course helped me to identify what skills I would like to use in my next job role."
"Doing the courses helped me, inspired me and I found I was capable of so much more than I knew. I felt like I had a plan again, and goals in place to achieve that plan."
"My mentor is the absolute most amazing person ever. The relationship is something I appreicate and cherish. It's so nice to have someone who believes in you, even when you don't believe in yourself and it has filled me with a lot of confidence."
"A highlight for me was seeing my products admired by the designers, it was great for my self-confidence as sometimes I doubt myself. It was really special and self-motivating."
"I thought that the programme was super cool, I think just the fact that I was working with designers from Disney was amazing! I got to learn a lot about the different parts of the product design process."
"My future aspirations are to build a career in Product Development or Marketing, and to use this new career path to combine the skills I obtained on the Prince’s Trust course with my existing passion for disability inclusion."
Shop the collection
The first collection is on sale now via shopDisney and The Disney Store in the UK and across Europe and includes a whole line of street wear and accessories featuring The Avengers front and centre.
Browse the Avengers collection below
Disney have committed to support The Prince’s Trust for the next three years. Pledging a minimum donation of £100,000 to support this programme each year.
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