Reaching the Hardest to Reach

The Prince’s Trust believes that every young person should have the chance to succeed. So, the charity helps 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed or struggling at school to transform their lives. Many of the young people helped are in, or leaving, care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or have been in trouble with the law. The Trust’s free programmes give young people the practical and financial support they need to stabilise their lives, develop key skills and boost their confidence and motivation.

The Trust has helped more than 825,000 young people since 1976 and this year celebrates its 40th anniversary. In addition, they support a further 100 young people each day and 80% of those that complete their programmes get a job, move into further education, training or meaningful volunteering.

It all began in 1976, when HRH The Prince of Wales had a bold idea. Having completed his duty in the Royal Navy, His Royal Highness became dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged young people in the UK. He founded His Trust to deliver on that commitment.

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Achieve programme

Boeing has supported Achieve clubs – a personal development programme aimed at young people aged 13 to 19 at risk of underachievement or exclusion from school – for over 10 years. The aim is to keep young people in school and to re-engage them in education through an informal, youth-led and supportive setting.

The Prince’s Trust Achieve clubs have been running since 1998 and there are currently over 900 clubs supporting more than 10,000 young people across the UK. Guided by an Adviser, young people are encouraged to work together as a small group to achieve goals relating to their education, training and future lives. Through practical and fun activities, a Prince’s Trust Achieve club provides young people with the space and attention they need to learn skills and confidence as well as to form a sense of ownership over their work and own development.

There are five key activity areas: Personal, Team and Interpersonal Skills; Active Citizenship, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise; Preparation for Work; Enrichment Projects.

Get Started with Product Design

The Prince’s Trust, Boeing and the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Training Centre have joined forces to help develop young people’s professional skills in the area of advanced manufacturing. The Prince’s Trust Get Started with Product Design initiative is an annual five-day training programme, combining the best of the AMRC Training Centre’s existing, well-respected Manufacturing Camps with the mentoring and life-skills support offered by The Prince’s Trust. The aim is to give young people from across the region a flavour of what it takes to be an apprentice and embark on a rewarding career in manufacturing.

The programme is aimed at young people aged 16 to 25 who are not in education, training or employment and has been made possible as part of Boeing’s extensive programme of community engagement initiatives. Boeing’s initiatives in the UK communities where they work are focused on inspiring young people to take an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at school and beyond.

Training Centre head of operations, Kerry Featherstone, said: “Our aim, from the very start, has been to bridge the manufacturing skills gap while promoting social mobility by being as open and inclusive as possible. This is another step on the road to ensuring young people are able to make the most of their potential, despite the barriers they currently may face.”

The Prince’s Trust has a dedicated Outreach Team and recruits young people from the local community who want to benefit from the programme. Young people taking part in the five day training course get hands-on experience of a range of design and manufacturing technologies and the chance to work as a team to design and make a product that could be used by airline passengers. They also see the latest additive manufacturing and virtual reality technology in action as well as receiving free practical training designed to enhance their career prospects.

Following successful completion of their training the young people receive three months of professional and pastoral support, designed to help them move into education, training or employment, which could include returning to the AMRC Training Centre as an apprentice, with the opportunity to go on to study for a degree.

“The future of the aerospace industry in the UK relies on young people today choosing to train in technical and engineering fields. I am proud to say that the “Get Started With Product Design” course is a powerful first step on that journey,” said Sir Michael Arthur, president, Boeing UK & Ireland. “I wish all the trainees the best of luck and I hope to see some of them working in aerospace in the future.”

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