The Prince's Trust - courses and support for young people

Are you aged 16 - 30 and in need of some help or support?

The Prince's Trust run free courses for young people who are not in full-time education, training or employment. You may be eligible if you are in employment but on a low hours or zero-hours contract.

  • Gain confidence, skills, work experience and qualifications with regular feedback and support.
  • On most courses travel expenses are paid for and is lunch provided.
  • It won’t affect any benefits you are claiming.

We also run opportunity days where you will receive expert interview, communication and cv skills training specifically designed to give you an edge in your career and have the chance to take part in live interviews for real jobs.

For more information please see our website or contact Rhian at

Free programmes offered in the Thames Valley:

Get Started (16-25) – Themed 1 week personal development courses for those lacking motivation, confidence and soft skills to give them a boost and improve their employability. Get Started often includes a qualification on completion (eg. Level 1 FA Coaching Football, Bronze Arts Award).

Team (16-30) – A 12 week personal development course for those lacking motivation, confidence and soft skills to give them a boost and improve their employability. The Team programme includes working on a community project and a 1 week residential where participants take part in challenging activities. This is particularly suited to young people who lack self-confidence, self-belief and motivation and would benefit from a longer intervention.

 Get Into (16-30) – Themed 2-4 week courses aimed at young people who are work-ready which include soft skills training, work relevant skills training (eg. Customer service) and a work placement, often with an interview for employment at the end. Get Into sometimes includes a qualification or license on completion (eg. Basic Food Hygiene certificate, SIA badge).

 Enterprise (18-30) -  A 4 day course for young people with a business idea who are interested in going into self-employment. Enterprise helps them explore and test their idea with a business mentor and delivers practical business skills workshops such as finance, marketing and business planning. There are also small business loans available through Enterprise.

 Development Awards (16-30) – small monetary awards to fund things to help young people get started in employment, such as travel funds, course fees, equipment funds.

Achieve (11-19) – A series of educational modules aimed at 11-19 year old school under-achievers which result in a qualification on completion, (the highest level achievable being level 2, equivalent to a GCSE). Modules are delivered by your own staff, at your own pace, on your own schedule and you can pick and mix from the modules to suit your young people’s needs. The Prince’s Trust provide training, resources and support for the delivery and assessment of the modules which include topics like teamwork, community engagement and managing money. These are very flexible in time and delivery which is often a great advantage for young people with special educational needs. Achieve is funded by corporate partners who also provide options for work-place visits. Although Achieve is an educational programme and is primarily delivered in schools it can be utilised by other organisations such as councils and youth organisations to offer young people who are (or who are at risk of becoming) educational under-achievers the opportunity to achieve a GCSE level qualification and enhance their personal development. The module delivery can be aided by volunteers where appropriate.

Sabrina Ruan, programmes,
Alex McSweeney, programmes,

Paolo Rizzo, Achieve (educational programme for 11-19s),
Gill Day, Enterprise programme, Development Awards and volunteering opportunities,
Kevin Sutton, strategic and development opportunities,


Who to contact

Contact Name
Alex McSweeney
Contact Position
Prince's Trust Executive - Thames Valley team
The Prince's Trust

Where to go

Various locations throughout the Thames Valley

Other Details


Table of costs
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Age Ranges
Referral required
Referral Details

Self referral or referral by a supporting person.

Other notes

Additional needs welcome. Please let us know when you book.

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