Research by The Prince's Trust

Understanding the views of young people, and learning from them, is essential to The Prince's Trust.

This vital strand of our work helps us develop and refine solutions for disadvantaged young people. It has also made us a key commentator on issues affecting them. Investing in research is a major part of our work. Since 2001 we've published several ground-breaking studies:


  • The Prince's Trust Macquarie Youth Index has found that more than three quarters of a million young people believe they have nothing to live for, with jobless youngsters facing “devastating” symptoms of mental illness.
  • New Prince's Trust research shows that poor exam results cause thousands of young people to give up on their ambitions. Struggling school leavers need more vocational support.
  • A new report by The Prince's Trust and The Royal Bank of Scotland has revealed that thirty per cent of young people believe they will be self-employed in the future. The UK could be on the brink of a youth business boom.
  • As The Prince’s Trust celebrates 30 years of its Enterprise programme, which helps young people start up in business, a new analysis by nef consulting has found that the programme has created more than £49.1 million in social value.
  • Lack of computer skills is damaging young people's job chances, warns research from The Prince's Trust.
  • One in ten young people (10 per cent) feel they cannot cope with day-to-day life, warns The Prince's Trust Youth Index.
  • One in five unemployed young people claim that finding a job in the next year is "unachievable", warns a Prince's Trust and RBS report released alongside the launch of the A-Z of Young Businesses.
  • A new report calls for central government departments to scrutinise their own policies and to begin to look at ways of working together for a more coherent overall approach to support care leavers.
  • New research released by The Prince's Trust and the Times Educational Supplement warns that thousands of teachers fear more pupils will end up on benefits than ever before.
  • Growing up without a daily routine or structure such as regular bedtimes and set meal times can harm a young person's school grades and overall wellbeing, warns The Trust's new report.
  • Thousands of young people from the UK’s poorest families believe they will achieve 'few' or 'none' of their goals in life, warns 'Broke, not broken', a new report by The Prince’s Trust and RBS.
  • The latest Annual Review which covers the period between April 2008 to March 2010 is now available. Find out more about the work we do.
  • A report from The Prince's Trust and Citi Foundation highlights the potential financial benefits of helping young people into self-employment or other work through The Trust's Enterprise Programme.
  • Our latest research warns that unemployment is a mental health hazard. Read the results of the third Youth Index.
  • A Prince's Trust & Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS) report reveals cost of youth disadvantage across UK. Youth unemployment could cost the UK economy up to £155 million a week.
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