31 Mar Prince’s Trust International investigates opportunities for Australian program
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales had a bold idea in 1976. Having completed his duty in the Royal Navy, His Royal Highness saw a great need to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people. With his severance pay from the Navy, The Prince of Wales founded The Prince’s Trust, to make a difference in the lives of young people across the United Kingdom. The Prince’s Trust has grown over the past 40 years and during this time has helped over 825,000 young people move into education, employment or training in the UK.
In response to the increased awareness, interest and requests from the international community to benefit from Prince’s Trust experience and programs, His Royal Highness launched Prince’s Trust International at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta in 2015.
The Prince’s Charities Australia coordinated a visit to Australia by representatives of Prince’s Trust International in March 2016.
Caitlin Kennedy, Director of Programmes, and Natasha Rushe, Programme Manager, xl project Malta from Prince’s Trust International, joined The Prince’s Charities Australia to meet with more than 40 organisations from the not-for-profit, government and philanthropic sectors, across seven days in five state capitals.
Through these meetings, the organisations learned about Prince’s Trust International, how they may fit into the Australian context and support disadvantaged youth here, and what collaborative opportunities could be made available to Australian organisations as part of the rollout of an Australian program.
Caitlin, Natasha and The Prince’s Charities Australia learned that youth unemployment is more than double the general unemployment rate, at around 14 per cent. They were able to gain an understanding of the issues faced by young Australians, and the programs already offered here to help them get into work or training, or reconnect with their education.
This understanding is now helping to shape the strategy development for potential local partnerships and pilot programs being considered by Prince’s Trust International.
“I’ve seen the difference The Prince’s Trust makes, supporting hundreds of thousands of young people into education and employment across the UK. I am delighted that Prince’s Trust International is now working with Prince’s Charities Australia to explore how Prince’s Trust programmes could help develop the confidence, skills and employability of young people in Australia.” – Alan Kennedy, Chief Executive, Prince’s Trust International