Providing opportunities for young people to succeed
The Prince's Trust is a U.K. wide charity helping young people to succeed. It targets young people, aged 14-30, who are most in need. The Trust delivers training, sets people up in business and provides tailor-made opportunities for individuals and groups.
The Trust helps raise self esteem, change attitudes, develop skills and supports young people into work. In particular, it targets young people without jobs, with few or no qualifications, those 'at risk', people with disabilities, young people from minority communities and those who have an offending background.
DEVELOPMENT AWARDS - These are aimed at young people aged between 14-25 who are marginalised in society and offers them the opportunity to make a new start by providing them with the personal and sometimes financial, support they need to access training, education and employment and move onto work and independence. The awards are open to individuals only where all meet the eligibility criteria.
VOLUNTEERS PROGRAMME - This is The Trust's leading personal development programme which enables 16-25 year Olds develop their confidence, motivation and skills through team work in the community. It brings together people of different abilities, circumstances and backgrounds - both employed and unemployed.
There are structured activities which supports skills development and leads to nationally recognised qualifications. Most of those who are unemployed before the programme go on jobs or full-time training or education after taking part.
BUSINESS START-UP - The Trust's business programme helps young people with a viable business idea, aged between 18-30, to set up in business. The Trust gives financial support (in the form of low interest loans up to £5,000) and bursaries up to £1,500 and Test Marketing grants up to £250.00. Each new business is allocated their own Business Mentor, who provides on-going business advice during the first three years of trading.
One of The Trust's key objectives is to promote self-employment amongst young people with disabilities, ethnic minorities and ex-offender.
The Trust has a dedicated project called the Disability Initiative to create greater awareness of self-employment as a viable career option for young people with disabilities. The project has helped to make a significant change in attitudes towards self employment and has successfully started over 200 businesses in the last three years.
THE DISABILITY INITIATIVE (formerly the BOOST Project) - Regional Disability Managers work with young disabled people (this includes those with hidden disabilities) providing:
- one-to-one business counselling for anyone considering setting up a business
- assistance in developing an idea into a business plan
- help with market research
- advice on benefits, Access to Work and other funding available
- contacts for local training and how to access other Prince's Trust programmes
15 Carlton Court
Telephone: 0141 204 4409
Prince's Trust House
9 Eldon Street
Record last updated: 12th Jun 2017