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.
Now as we approach our 40th anniversary, we're proud to have supported more than 825,000 young people across the UK.
Prince's Trust Scotland helps disadvantaged young people into employment, education and business. We work with young people facing barriers such as long term unemployment, those who have left care or are homeless, young people with a criminal record or those with mental or physical health problems or disabilities. Last year three out of four young people we worked with went onto a job, education, training or self-employment.
We work with Scottish and UK governments, Local Authorities, charities, employers, funders, referral agencies, delivery partners, colleges, schools and volunteers across Scotland to give young people the chance to achieve their full potential.
Enterprise is a programme to explore the possibility of starting a business and to support young people to achieve this or to achieve alternative positive outcomes, delivered by Prince's Trust staff with support of volunteers, through information sessions, 'Explore Enterprise' courses, business support and business launch.
Our Enterprise Executives frequently undertake talks and presentations to S5/S6 pupils on the possibilities of self-employment and The Prince's Trust Enterprise Programme throughout all regions.
We are currently looking into establishing links with S6 leavers upon completion of school.
The Prince's Trust Achieve programme will help 13-19 year olds to develop the skills and confidence they need to reach their goals, through relevant, engaging and informal learning.
Young people on the programme have the opportunity to gain a 'Personal Development and Employability' qualification at SCQF levels 3,4 and 5. The programme is running in over 120 schools across Scotland.
Without The Prince's Trust, I would have no idea about courses and opportunities available to me and I wouldn't have found them otherwise.
We have been working with the Trust for nine years and all our young people go onto achieve positive destinations in Education, Training or employment.
The Achieve programme gives young people the chance to realise their full potential and develop important skills that will benefit them now and in years to come. As an employer, Arnold Clark is proud to support the programme.
For anyone considering getting off the conveyor belt and doing their own thing then I can't recommend the Trust enough. The people and positivity is exactly what any young business person needs to take their ideas to the next level.
I enjoyed having the opportunity to discuss my business ideas, in a supportive environment, and being taken seriously. I've also enjoyed meeting other young businesses through the various networking sessions I've attended. It's great to know there are other young people out there, like me, who are trying to go it alone. The support is fantastic!
The thing I enjoyed most about it was probably the atmosphere, everyone there seemed nice no hassle group of people, and Gina did well running the group, the staff are really good with the people they help.
The Trust has been monumental in helping with the business, from the mentors to the networking events, the Trust really is amazing.