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Tuesday, 24 August 2010

The Prince's Trust expands services for young people

For some while I've been aware that The Prince's Trust offer training and mentoring for young people (age 18-30) who want to start their own business. Today I met with some of the team at their well-staffed offices for their South West Region, in Bristol, as I have been considering offering to do some mentoring for them.

I'm glad it's taken me a while to get round to this, because last year they redeveloped their services to give better support to those who are seeking to set up a business, and to expand their services to help others to develop the skills needed for employment or further education.

So the line up now is impressive. The Enterprise Programme for those aged 18 to 30 provides an initial four day course on how to start a business and then supports the participants over up to twelve months as they seek to develop a business plan and consider whether to start a business. Some financial support may be given. Mentors are available for ongoing support for 6 months to 2 years whether the young people choose to start a business or not.

Alongside this there are other programmes to develop skills and confidence in young people aged 14 to 25. Some of these are based around adventure training, some are based in schools, and some teach vocational skills.

Very impressive. People interested in supporting The Prince's Trust can volunteer, give money, or even join their South West Leadership Group.

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