Retail and consumer sector
Five and a half million people work in the retail and consumer sector. By 2022 this is forecast to grow to more than 7.3 million. The Prince’s Trust is proud to be working with the sector to use this opportunity to create life-changing outcomes for young people.
Our retail and consumer sector partnerships are as diverse as they are impactful: from inspiring young people into careers in everything from food manufacturing to fashion buying, to creating bestselling homeware collections and empowering young people with digital skills.
Message from our Chair, Lucy Harris
Read about some of our partnerships
ASOS are an online fashion retailer, passionate about helping disadvantaged young people. Since 2010, ASOS have been working in partnership with The Prince’s Trust to inspire over 245 young people with fashion, e-commerce and digital skills.
ASOS staff play a vital role in our partnership, delivering skills-based courses in partnership with The Prince’s Trust, and sharing their expertise in one-off master classes for young entrepreneurs. Employees have also been involved in fun team building activities – regularly entering teams into the annual Palace to Palace cycle ride.
One Stop selected The Prince’s Trust as their partner of choice in 2014. The national convenience retailer, which has over 600 local stores across the UK, is fundraising and engaging staff in a dynamic partnership which meets their community objective – selected by customers – to help young people.
From head office to store, One Stop has been supporting The Prince’s Trust, hosting work placements, volunteering on local Prince’s Trust programmes and selling a bag for life in shops.
Marriott’s employees have done an incredible job of raising money to support young people. From cycling across the UK to hosting gala dinners, their enthusiasm is the fuel of this multi-year partnership.
Marriott customers also play a central role in our partnership, supporting through donations on their bills and with selected menu items in Marriott restaurants. These initiatives raise vital awareness for the charity as well as funds.
As well as galvanising staff and customers to support The Prince’s Trust, Marriott have been providing hands-on practical support for young people. As a key delivery partner of our Get into employability programme, Marriott have supported many young people into careers in the sector.
Mondelez International employs over 5,000 people across the UK, producing some of the nation’s favorite confectionary such as Cadbury Dairy Milk and Oreo. Mondelez and The Cadbury Foundation are passionate about inspiring young people to gain the skills to succeed and live a healthy lifestyle.
Since 2014 we have been working together to offer ‘at risk’ young adults the opportunity to take part in practical learning activities through our network of xl clubs. The Cadbury Foundation has opened the doors of Mondelez offices and manufacturing sites in the UK to groups of young people from The Prince’s Trust, to help them learn about career opportunities in the industry, while inspiring them about where their food comes from.