The Prince's Trust
We've partnered with the Prince's Trust for 15 years. In that time, our funding has helped the Trust reach thousands of young people in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, creating brighter futures for young people, empowering them to get into jobs, education and training. Through extensive programmes and outreach, the Trust is able to lift young people out of difficult situations and help them achieve incredible things.
How we support the Prince's Trust
Our partnership supports two projects that the Trust delivers to change the lives of young people.
Prince's Trust Achieve Clubs are for 11-19 year olds who are disengaged with traditional classroom learning and are at risk of not finishing their school education. The Achieve programme looks to provide alternative education, such as creativity and life skills, to build confidence, teamwork, communication and resilience in the young people who come to the clubs.
We support the Prince's Trust to run 22 Achieve Clubs across the UK, helping thousands of young people each year, which are all staffed by trained advisers and last between one and three years.
Under the Achieve Clubs programme, additional STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) projects take place. The Gadget Build Challenge is a project where students are given basic tools such as soldering sets, to build gadgets from scratch. Projects like this equip young people with electronics, programming and perseverance skills, as well as introducing potential career paths.
Get Started with product design
The Get Started programme is for 16-25 year olds who are out of work.
Aiming to harness the curiosity of science and engineering, Get Started with product design is for young people who have a passion for technology and design and want to develop it further. We support The Prince's Trust to run the course twice a year at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Training Centre in Sheffield, which we co-founded.
The 5-day course takes up to 12 young people, and helps them develop skills in advanced manufacturing, teamwork and design to make an airline product. When the course is completed, further support is given to move them into education, training or employment, and many have returned to the AMRC Training Centre after being accepted onto an apprentice programme.