The Prince’s Trust creates transformational, life-changing opportunities for some of the UK’s most disadvantaged 11–30 year olds, helping young people to develop the confidence and skills they need to move into work, education or training.
The work of The Prince's Trust remains critical, in a time when the country’s economic future is uncertain and over 600,000 young people are still unemployed or out of education.
National Express' partnership with The Prince's Trust provides the perfect platform to help young people into work and education, increase value to society and provide transportation that makes it easier for young people to continue on their journey to success.
National Express has donated over £100,000 to support Prince's Trust programmes across the UK to date. Donated transport has enabled young people to take opportunities and gain experience which were out of reach before, and coaches have transported fundraisers to the start line of The Prince's Trust flagship Palace to Palace cycle.
Furthermore, employees have invested their time volunteering, helping to build confidence and motivation in young people, which has increased their employability. National Express established a Work Experience programme, which has seen young people gain customer service skills, knowledge of the transportation sector and start a career in the sector across the UK.
"Many of the young people helped by The Trust 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 programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work.
Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training."
In 1976, HRH The Prince of Wales became dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged young people in the UK. The UK was struggling with record levels of unemployment and rapid inflation; young people were being left behind. He founded His Trust to deliver on that commitment, using his Navy severance pay – £7,400 – to fund a number of community initiatives.
The Prince’s Trust has helped 825,000 young people since 1976 and supports 100 more each day.
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