Five ways King Charles' Prince's Trust is still helping youngsters into employment | The Sun

TODAY marks one year since the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, and the beginning of the first year of King Charles III’s reign.

But he has remained involved with the employment charity he set up, The Prince’s Trust.

Launched by Charles using his Navy severance pay in 1976, the charity supports disadvantaged youth and has helped more than a million young people into education, training and work.

With 19 centres in major cities, working in more than 600 schools and 40 per cent of all Further Education colleges, The Prince’s Trust is able to offer nationwide support.

Around 90,000 young people have even begun their own business with the charity’s help.

A spokesman said: “Whatever challenges you’re facing, if you’re aged 16 to 30, The Prince’s Trust is here for you.


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“We’ve got your back through even the most difficult of times.”

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Confidence building

Achieve Course: This flexible course is run through schools and colleges.

Study at your own pace and take part in business challenges, delivering local community projects and gain CV-writing skills.

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You can also work towards a Prince’s Trust qualification.

Team Course: If you’re unemployed and aged between 16 and 25, the 12-week personal development programme offers two weeks’ work experience in an area you are interested in alongside an action-packed residential trip and English and maths support.

You’ll also receive interview and CV skills training.

Getting a job

Get Started: If you’re aged 16 to 30 and out of work, education or training, this week of activities offers support from inspirational experts from leading firms including Asos and Sony.

It’s free, won’t affect your Jobseeker’s Allowance and the cost of lunch and travel expenses is covered.

Get Into: Already know what you are interested in?

Partners including TK Maxx, HSBC, Tesco and the NHS offer work experience, CV help and interview skills.

Courses run from two days to a few weeks.

Travel expenses are covered and you may be able to get help with lunch and childcare costs.

Start your own business

Enterprise: The free four-stage programme offers start-up help including training and mentoring, funding and resources.

You’ll also be able to apply for personal loans for business purposes.

Find out more at or 0800 842 842. 


TK MAXX and Homesense have partnered with The Prince’s Trust for ten years, helping 5,500 vulnerable young people gain employability skills.

Among them is Sarlim Mohamed, below, who was born in Myanmar but moved to the UK in 2009.

He was referred to The Prince’s Trust by his local Jobcentre and took part in the Get Into Retail programme.

He has now worked for TK Maxx for nine years and currently is the manager of the Waltham Abbey store in Essex.

Sarlim, 30, from London, said: “It has been a fantastic experience.

“I’d like to thank The Prince’s Trust for initially providing me with the opportunity, and to the TK Maxx business, from all senior leaders to my fellow colleagues and team, for supporting me throughout my journey”.

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Getting a head start-up

ENTREPRENEUR Adam Root launched his business after attending a Prince’s Trust course when he was unemployed.

The firm, which captures and recycles micro-plastics, recently secured £8million in funding and is backed by Ashton Kutcher and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Adam said: “The work of The Prince’s Trust is extremely valuable – I wouldn’t be here without it.”

Here are his top tips to launch your own business with the charity’s help.

1. Being an underdog is a superpower: You have nothing to prove to anyone else, it’s only to yourself.

If you fail, nobody will hear of you, so why does it matter?

2. Network: Use your Prince’s Trust course to build your network. In a digital world, word of mouth is still a powerful tool for you to accelerate your growth.

With strong, quality connections you never know who you might meet along the way.

3. Know your numbers: Dig into the detail, look at your margins and profits – how much do you need to survive?

This will determine how much help you need and provide a foundation for your strategy.

4. Don’t expect the phone to ring: Don’t be afraid of getting out there and speaking to people.

No one likes getting rejected, but you’ll have to get used to it before you get a yes.

5. Never ask someone for help: Instead, ask them who they know who can help, as you’ll get a better response.

6. Know your limits: I was prepared for the financial burden when starting my own business but not the mental health challenges that come with doing something that’s really difficult.

Make sure you’re aware of that and have a good support network of people around you, whether it be friends or family or the charity and mentors.

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SEPTEMBER is the top time for young people to make a new start, even beating the New Year.

Research by Cadbury’s and The Prince’s Trust found three in four under-25s look to overhaul their lives as autumn begins.

The study also shows it can take up to three months to get over “first day nerves” and feel confident in the workplace.

To help, Cadbury’s has teamed up with the charity to give a million minutes of one-to-one support for young people.

Tom Keer, director of partnerships at The Prince’s Trust, said: “This collaboration enables us to reach out to young people who may not be feeling their most confident as they embark on a new start and remind them help is always available.”

On your marks…

MARKS & START is one of the longest-running Prince’s Trust partnerships and has helped more than 1,400 young people a year into employment at Marks & Spencer since 2013.

It provides two to four weeks of work experience plus coaching and buddy support.

If the placement goes well, candidates can move into a vacancy when one is available, without needing to go through a recruitment process.

An M&S spokesman said: “Recruiting in this way helps us to recruit great people from talent pools we might otherwise miss, and our colleagues feel proud to work for an organisation that supports people in this way.”

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