Around one in five young people in the UK are not in work, education or training. Youth unemployment costs the UK economy £10 million a day in lost productivity, while youth crime costs £1 billion every year.
The Princes Trust address this by giving practical and financial support to the young people who need it most. They help develop key skills, confidence and motivation, enabling young people to move into work, education or training.
They run programmes that encourage young people to take responsibility for themselves – helping them build the life they choose rather than the one they’ve ended up with:
The Enterprise Programme provides money and support to help young people start up in business.
The Team Programme is a 12-week personal development course, offering work experience, qualifications, practical skills, community projects and a residential week.
Community Cash Awards are grants to help young people set up a project that will benefit their community.
YourThurrock spoke to regional co-ordinator Lynn Worrall to assess where the trust stand in Thurrock in 2011.