Around one in five young people in the UK are not in work, education or training. Youth unemployment costs the UK economy £10 million a day in lost productivity, while youth crime costs £1 billion every year.
The Prince’s Trust address this by giving practical and financial support to the young people who need it most. The Prince’s Trust helps develop key skills, confidence and motivation, enabling young people to move into work, education or training.
The Trust was established in 1976 and you can read about their history here.
Programmes to support young people
The Trust run programmes that encourage young people to take responsibility for themselves – helping them build the life they choose rather than the one they’ve ended up with:
â€¢ The Enterprise Programme provides money and support to help young people start up in business.
â€¢ The Team Programme is a 12-week personal development course, offering work experience, qualifications, practical skills, community projects and a residential week.
â€¢ Get intos are short courses offering intensive training and experience in a specific sector to help young people get a job.
â€¢ Development Awards are small grants to enable young people to access education, training or work.
â€¢ xl clubs give 13-19 year olds who are at risk of truanting, exclusion and underachievement a say in their education. They aim to improve attendance, motivation and social skills.
So, if you’re unemployed and looking for something new, take a look at the Trust’s Team programme.
Is the Team programme for people like me?
â€¢ If you are 16 – 25, yes! It’s free and will not affect your Jobseeker’s Allowance.
â€¢ The Team programme is also available for employees who would like a chance to develop new interpersonal skills to improve long-term career prospects.
What’s in it for me?
â€¢ A better chance of moving into a job, education or training.
â€¢ An opportunity to use your skills and gain new ones.
â€¢ A nationally recognised qualification.
â€¢ Help with job-hunting and writing your CV.
â€¢ The chance to make a difference in your community.
And most importantly –
â€¢ A big boost to your confidence and a real sense of achievement!
What happens on the course?
Amongst other things you will:
â€¢ Be part of a team of people working together for 12 weeks.
â€¢ Take on community projects of your choosing.
â€¢ Take part in an exciting, action-packed residential week.
â€¢ Get two weeks’ work experience in a field you are interested in.
How to apply
To find Team programmes that are running near you, click here and type in your postcode into the postcode search at the bottom-left of the page and call the organisation which is running the Team Programme in your area. Alternatively, fill in this online form to let the Trust know you’re interested. If you have any further questions about The Team Programme please call The Prince’s Trust on 0800 842 842.