Frequently asked questions
Have a question about one of our programmes? You’ll find the answer here in our list of frequently asked questions.
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If you can't find the answer to your question below, there are a variety of ways to get in touch.
We encourage you to get involved as much as possible, but if you’re really concerned, speak to one of our members of staff or get in touch.
We have an agreement with the Jobcentre Plus (JCP), so if you’re on unemployment benefits you can continue to receive these while on the programme.
However, it’s really important that you tell us before you start the programme so we can let you know how it works. Alternatively, you can speak to your Jobcentre Plus Adviser.
Please also be aware that our agreement with the Jobcentre Plus relates to your benefits only. If your parents or guardians are concerned that their own benefits or tax credits may be affected by you enrolling on a Prince’s Trust programme, they should talk to HMRC.
We may be able to help with costs. However individual circumstances must be discussed with your Prince's Trust contact once you’ve expressed your interest.
Depending on the course then this can vary in length from a week to three months. After our courses, you will be able to keep in touch with us either through our staff or a Progression Mentor.
We do cover reasonable travel costs. Please speak to your Prince’s Trust contact for more information or get in touch.
If you're looking for funding to start your own business, take a look at our Enterprise programme.
We don’t fund overseas travel or programmes. However, we do know some organisations that may be able to support you with your next steps.
We can only fund courses that are at Level 3 or below. This is equivalent to A-Level or below. However, we do know some organisations that may be able to support you with your next steps.
The whole process can take up to six weeks, so we recommend getting in touch with us sooner rather than later.
No. We don’t refund any money paid out in advance.
We use a range of methods, including procurement cards, cheques or vouchers and payments are made directly to the relevant organisation e.g. local college or online retailer.
Our Enterprise programme offers a range of support to help you think through your business idea and decide whether self-employment is right for you – including the opportunity to apply for business finance.
As a delivery partner of the Start Up Loans Company, together we support young people like you into business and offer low interest finance at a rate of around 6% APR to help get you started. Find out more on our Enterprise programme funding page.
We want to make sure you have our support to explore your business idea before committing to a loan. As part of this support, it’s important that you attend the whole programme and consider if your idea will work and whether self-employment is right for you. This involves our free four-day workshop to give you a taste of what you need to know and do to start your own business. You will then be given one-to-one support from one of our advisers to help you test your idea and write your business plan.
If you're eligible for our Enterprise programme, you will be invited to an Information Session to learn more about the programme, followed by an Explore Enterprise course to learn about topics relevant to starting and running a business. Following this, you will work one-to-one with us to plan your next step – whether that’s starting a business or some other goal.
Our Enterprise programme is for young people who are currently unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week and are interested in exploring whether self-employment is right for them. It’s designed to help you make that decision and explore your idea further, rather than for those already running their own business. However, if you’re registered but you’ve not yet launched your business, get in touch to talk about if you can still apply.
You can work with us on the programme for up to 12 months to ensure you have the support, space and time you need to make decisions and explore your idea. However, you may be ready to launch your business much sooner, and our team will work with you at your own pace.
Once you complete our Explore Enterprise course you will then be provided with support and mentoring to set up your own business. After this, you may apply for a Start-up loan of up to £7,500 to launch your business. We may also offer small start-up business grants in special circumstances.
Team is 12 weeks of fun! You’ll spend a week away on a residential, doing outdoor adventurous activities and team building, decide and complete a community project, take part in a work experience placement and finish a community challenge before ending with a celebration of your achievements. Throughout Team you will gain new skills, confidence and be supported to find a route into employment, education or training.
Yes, you would have to complete the full 12 weeks. Teams run on a regular basis, so if this is not something you can commit to at the moment, you can always sign up to the next one or at a later date.
Team runs from Monday to Friday for 12 weeks. Individual circumstances can be discussed with your local Team leader once you’ve expressd your interest.
The xl programme is run through Delivery Partners such as schools and alternative education providers. The Delivery Partners will decide who will take part in the club.
If you would like to take part in an xl club, but, your school/education provider is not currently offering the programme, speak to a member of staff and ask them to fill out this form for more information.
To deliver the xl programme, and support young people to reengage with education, simply complete this online form and a local Prince’s Trust executive will be in touch shortly.
Online resources, updates and further support can be accessed on the Learning Hub.
There are no specific requirements about what to wear, although it may vary from course to course. If personal protective equipment or a uniform is required then this will be provided. If it is a sport themed programme then appropriate clothes need to be worn.
Our programmes and courses vary depending upon the type of support required. Get in touch to find out more details.
All of our courses will equip you with the skills and confidence needed for employment and support is available afterwards to help you reach your goals.
We’d congratulate you! Simply let us know so we can make a note of this on our records.
This will vary depending on the course. We can provide you with this information once you’ve been referred.
No. We have different programmes that are suitable for different young people. None of our programmes require you to have qualifications or previous work experience. Just bring yourself and your enthusiasm!
It depends on the programme you’re doing and where you’re doing it. Qualifications are organised locally and are available through our Enterprise programme, Team, xl and Fairbridge programmes. Speak to one of our members of staff or get in touch.
The qualifications owned by The Prince’s Trust are all vocational qualifications to develop employability skills which will be useful whatever you choose to do next. Speak to one of our members of staff or get in touch.
We usually have between 12-15 young people, although this varies from course to course.
Before you start one of our courses we recommend that you discuss the dates and times with your Jobcentre Plus Adviser. If the course is scheduled to clash with your next signing on appointment, then they may be able to cancel the appointment or rearrange the time.
There are many opportunities to practice reading, writing and number skills whilst on our courses. On some programmes, you may be required to take a skills assessment so we can identify your strengths and development areas. This isn’t a test. It simply helps us to help you.
If you feel you need help let us know so we can make sure you have the right support in place.
We make every effort to enable young people with particular needs to come onto our programmes. When you get in touch with us, let us know what requirements you have and we’ll let you know how we can help.
If you graduated more than six months ago and meet our eligibility criteria, please get in touch and we can work together to identify the support you need.
We’ll need some more information to answer this question. Get in touch to find out how we can help you.
We don’t offer work experience opportunities but we do work with a number of employers to source placements suited to the programme you are attending.
Our programmes are designed to help you to become more independent by developing your confidence. There are cases where your support worker or family member may attend. Speak to one of our members of staff or get in touch.
Taster days are primarily designed to ensure that the programme is the right fit for you. Sometimes there are more suitable and interested young people than spaces available on the programme. If you weren’t picked on this occasion, don’t worry. Take a look at our course map for more opportunities near you or get in touch.
You can find a list of upcoming programmes in your area by looking at our course map. Seen something you like, but it isn’t available via our course map? Get in touch and we’ll try to provide you with more details.