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Retail, Leisure and Hospitality

The Prince’s Trust is proud to be working with the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors to create life-changing outcomes and employment opportunities for young people. Almost 10 million people currently work in these sectors, as they undergo a period of change and transformation.

Retail and consumer sector

Our partnerships are highly impactful and working with employers and customers, we raise vital funds to transform the lives of young people.

  • In 2016 the retail industry generated £358 billion worth of sales and is the largest private sector employer with 3.3 million employees in 2017 (Source: ONS, Eurostat, Retail Economics, Retail Appointment). 
  • Additionally, according to a recent survey by Deloitte, the UK’s leisure industry is now worth £117 billion, increasing nearly twice as fast as the retail industry. This increasing shift from consuming products to experiences has created a greater need for staffing to manage this growth (Source: Passion for leisure - A view of the UK leisure consumer report by Deloitte 2017).

In short, these sectors are vital for the UK economy. Our employability programmes give young people the chance to get into work through hands-on practical training. Together with our partners we equip vulnerable young people with the skills, experience and confidence they need to find a job. 

A message from our Chair of the Retail Leadership Group, Andrew Jennings:

Right now there are hundreds of thousands of young people who are facing the most unimaginable barriers to succeed and desperately need our help. As a sector we can offer vulnerable young people the life-changing opportunity to develop their skills so they can change their future. It is crucial that we empower young people, regardless of their background, to thrive in roles across the industry.
Three young women in M&S staff uniform in store in fashion department.

Read about some of our partnerships

TK Maxx and HomeSense

Over the past three years, one of our largest Get into delivery partners, TK Maxx, have supported us to develop young people's skills and helping them to secure roles in the retail sector. Equipping young people with the confidence to re-engage with education, HomeSense has been supporting us to develop our Achieve programme. The retail brands are our headline sponsors for Prince's Trust Awards. 

L’Oréal Paris


We’ve been working with L’Oréal Paris since 2017 to empower thousands more young people with the tools they need to develop their confidence and self worth. When you feel as if no one else believes in you, that's when you need to believe in yourself. So together we’ve created the 'All Worth It' programme made up of confidence-training courses as well as deliver ground-breaking campaigns in partnership to help raise vital funds and support young women through our Women Supporting Women initiative.



Since 2010, the ASOS Foundation has helped The Prince's Trust reach close to 50,000 young people through engaging digital content. Together, we've supported more than 600 young people through creative, interactive programmes and we've helped young people secure roles at ASOS in Fashion, Tech and Customer Care.



In August 2018 we launched a three-year partnership with Tesco to support Achieve        Clubs in secondary schools in areas of greatest need. Through our partnership we are giving disadvantaged young people the opportunity to develop skills for the future. Together we have developed content for those attending Achieve Clubs, and bought the content to life for young people through volunteering by Tesco employees. So far the partnership has helped over 25,000 young people – with our ambition now to reach 50,000 young people.

Greene King


Our partnership with Greene King has been running since 2016 and we’ve already supported over 380 young people. We are now launching the next stage of our partnership to support 1000 young people over the next 5 years and to increase the diversity of the talent pool at Greene King. Greene King are one of our key Get into delivery and offer our young people pathways into great careers and apprenticeships in hospitality.

Watches of Switzerland

In 2019 we launched our group-wide partnership with The Watches of Switzerland Group (Mappin & Webb, Goldsmiths and Watches of Switzerland), supporting our education programmes nationally. Since 2012, the group have been a category sponsor for our Prince’s Trust Awards, celebrating the achievements of our Young Ambassadors, and making the award trophies for the winners. In our first year of group partnership, The Watches of Switzerland group have supported an amazing 1032 young people to raise aspirations and realise their full potential through our education programmes, and passionate volunteers.

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