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The Prince's Trust

The Trust supports people aged 13-30 who are looking to make a change in their lives?

If you're unemployed or struggling at school, The Prince's Trust can help you in a number of ways, including free training courses, brand new experiences, support, mentoring and finance.


The current programmes offered in the Thames Valley are:

Get Started (16-25) – Themed 1 week personal development courses for those lacking motivation, confidence and soft skills to give them a boost and improve their employability. Get Started often includes a qualification on completion (eg. Level 1 FA Coaching Football, Bronze Arts Award).

Team (16-25) – A 12 week personal development course for those lacking motivation, confidence and soft skills to give them a boost and improve their employability. The Team programme includes working on a community project and a 1 week residential where participants take part in challenging activities. This is particularly suited to young people who lack self-confidence, self-belief and motivation and would benefit from a longer intervention.

Get Into (16-30) – Themed 2-4 week courses aimed at young people who are work-ready which include soft skills training, work relevant skills training (eg. Customer service) and a work placement, often with an interview for employment at the end. Get Into sometimes includes a qualification or license on completion (eg. Basic Food Hygiene certificate, SIA badge).

Enterprise (18-30) -  A 4 day course for young people with a business idea who are interested in going into self-employment. Enterprise helps them explore and test their idea with a business mentor and delivers practical business skills workshops such as finance, marketing and business planning. There are also small business loans available through Enterprise.

Achieve (11-19) – A series of educational modules aimed at 11-19 year old school under-achievers which result in a qualification on completion, (the highest level achievable being level 2, equivalent to a GCSE). Modules are delivered by your own staff, at your own pace, on your own schedule and you can pick and mix from the modules to suit your young people’s needs. The Prince’s Trust provide training, resources and support for the delivery and assessment of the modules which include topics like teamwork, community engagement and managing money. These are very flexible in time and delivery which is often a great advantage for young people with special educational needs. Achieve is funded by corporate partners who also provide options for work-place visits.

Although Achieve is an educational programme and is, at present, primarily delivered in schools it can be utilised by other organisations such as councils and youth organisations working with NEETs and Looked After Children to offer young people who are (or who are at risk of becoming) educational under-achievers the opportunity to achieve a GCSE level qualification and enhance their personal development. The modules are delivered by your own team and can be aided by volunteers where appropriate." 

Development awards or DA awards are available to young people in order to support them to ‘live, learn, earn’. Development awards can range from support with transport costs, to tools, uniforms and equipment needed for jobs, to accredited course fees up to Level 3. For further information on DA awards visit the website.

For Young people who are Not in Education, Employment or Training NEET

Who to contact

Text ‘Call me’ to 07983 385 418
Call for free on 0800 842 842

This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Reading Services Guide, Reading Borough Council (RBC) and Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations. Information collected by Reading Service Guide; is used solely to implement and supply the Family Information Service (FIS), Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer, Adults & Carers Support Group and Reading Youth.