Chief Executive of Prince’s Trust International, Alan Kennedy talks about the early successes of Prince’s Trust International and his recent trip to Jordan.

We had a very successful week in Malta back in December which culminated in the official launch of Prince’s Trust International. Over 170 guests attended including Presidents, Prime Ministers and Senior Government Officials from across 18 commonwealth countries.

Notably, there was excellent representation from our current core focus areas which are Canada, Australia, India and Barbados, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Australian businesswoman Mrs Lucy Turnbull AO in attendance.

In Malta, Prince’s Trust International has already delivered two projects and the charity’s team and Trustees had the opportunity to visit both the xl programme with HSBC Malta and the end of programme celebration for the Get into project with M&S. We met young people from both programmes at these events and it was a fantastic opportunity to see how Prince’s Trust International is already making a difference in Malta.

The xl programme is currently being implemented in seven schools across Malta and Gozo (a Maltese island), benefiting 100 students. We’re hoping to roll out the programme to 60 schools in the next academic year and expand the Get into programme across Malta.

A pilot of the Get into programme has been run with M&S and was really successful, with all four young people involved being offered a job at the end of their placement.

I also visited Jordan recently to attend a meeting with key stakeholders interested in the Get into programme. One of the stakeholders, INJAZ, plans to begin delivering Get into at the end of January 2016, which is great news.

Another stakeholder, BDC, has successfully engaged with Azadea – a retail outlet with more than 50 brands and 120 vacancies to fill around April 2016.

We’re also looking to run the Team programme and are planning a pilot residential, which will benefit Syrian and Iraqi refugees and could potentially become a long term part of the Team programme in Jordan.

I also visited the Bedouin community in the Wadi Rum Valley. The Bedouin’s are a community of people living in the desert and might be potential adventurous activities partners for the pilot of the Team programme in April 2016.

With so much going on, we’re excited about the future of Prince’s Trust International.