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HRH The Prince of Wales attends Prince’s Trust International reception for Heads of Commonwealth - Prince's Trust Australia
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HRH The Prince of Wales attends Prince’s Trust International reception for Heads of Commonwealth

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales today met with Heads of Government and Heads of State from across the Commonwealth at a Prince’s Trust International reception held at St James’ Palace. Matt Anderson, Australian Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, was also in attendance.

The event welcomed representatives from across the Commonwealth, who heard from: HRH The Prince of Wales, and Lloyd Dorfman CBE, Chairman of The Prince’s Trust and Prince’s Trust International about how Prince’s Trust International is working with a range of delivery partners to support young people around the world into sustainable employment, education or training.

Prince’s Trust International works in partnership with governments and agencies to deliver the proven youth programmes of its sister charity, The Prince’s Trust, which for over 40 years has helped more than 870,000 young people to transform their lives in the UK. Prince’s Trust International was launched by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2015 at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta.

Prince’s Trust International is currently working with local strategic and delivery partners in: Australia, Barbados, Canada, Greece, India, Jordan, Malta, New Zealand, and Pakistan. Scoping has also begun in Malaysia, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago, to be ready to run pilot programmes in 2019.

The Prince of Wales paid tribute to the young people whose lives have been transformed by his charity and the devotion of all those behind its work. He also spoke of the opportunity to support more unemployed young people across the Commonwealth with Prince’s Trust International’s programmes in education, personal development and business.

Prince’s Trust International together with The Prince’s Trust in the UK, and newly formed Prince’s Trust Australia, Prince’s Trust Canada, and Prince’s Trust New Zealand will strive to harness the barriers to social mobility to further support local communities.

Lloyd Dorfman CBE, Chairman, Prince’s Trust and Prince’s Trust International, said: “The mission of our charity, to provide skills and jobs for young people, will create our common wealth. Since launching at the last CHOGM in 2015, PTI has grown and developed. We are running programmes in nine countries, seven of which are in the Commonwealth, including Australia.

We have supported over 4,700 young people and this is set to grow. We are making a difference and changing lives. With youth unemployment at over 40% in some Commonwealth countries, and our experience in the UK showing that young people are three times more likely to be unemployed as adults, there remains much for us to do and we have ambitious plans to grow.”

Guests also heard from Roland, a 14 year-old Achieve programme participant from Malta, he said: “Achieve has helped me turn around my life.  I now dream of being an example to others. There is no doubt that without Achieve, I would not be where I am today. I have taken control of my life and I look forward to what the future will bring.”


HRH with Lloyd Dorfman CBE, Jonathan Townsend, PTI CEO, Sergeant Hallam from Royal Barbados Police Force and PTI Achieve participant, Roland 


About Prince’s Trust International’s Work in Australia

Persistent unemployment, where a young person has been out of work for more than a year, has been a growing concern in Australia since the 2008 global financial crisis, with youth unemployment at 12.5%[1], more than double that of the general population.

The number of young people in part-time work exceeds those in full-time roles. To help jobseekers develop employability skills and gain work experience, Prince’s Trust International and Prince’s Trust Australia identified a need to roll out the Get Into programme in Adelaide.

The first Get Into pilots launched with delivery partner, SYC, working with employers in the following sectors: retail, child care, social care, and traffic management.  The programmes supported over 70 young people, with more than 72% of participants moving into work, education or training.

Prince’s Trust International is currently working with Janine Kirk, CEO of Prince’s Trust Australia, to create a two-year strategic plan to embed the Get Into programme for the benefit of more young people across Australia.

Janine Kirk, Chief Executive of Prince’s Trust Australia said:  “Youth unemployment saps the confidence from young people and impacts their view of what the future holds for them – by providing industry specific skills and engagement with an employer though the Get Into programme, their self- confidence dramatically improves and they build motivation and a belief they have a productive future.”

Despite having an outgoing personality and great interpersonal skills, Chad was finding it extremely difficult to get work. In fact, he had never had a paid employment position prior to participating in the first Australian Get Into Retail programme with SYC. His significant lack of experience affected his confidence and it was difficult to maintain motivation with the daily job hunt.

The Get Into Retail programme was delivered with local employer, On the Run, to give young people training and real work experience to prepare them for a job in retail. This included hands-on experience in their 24-hour petrol and convenience stores.

It was through this programme that Chad said he gained the core skills he needed to get into employment, which in turn gave him a sense of hope and forward momentum. Chad is now working in an On the Run store.

“I have never worked before, but I have been actively looking for two years. It is frustrating because you need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience, so I have been stuck!”

“Doing the classroom learning for two weeks helped me grow my knowledge about working in retail and customer service. My practical work experience days gave me invaluable on-the-job experience working with customers and team members and it was my first real exposure to real paid work,” he said.

[1] World Bank 2017

About Prince’s Trust International
Prince’s Trust Australia works in partnership with Prince’s Trust International

Prince’s Trust International was founded by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in 2015 to share the successful programmes of youth charity, The Prince’s Trust, which for over 40 years, has helped more than 870,000 disadvantaged young people across the United Kingdom to turn their lives around; three in four young people supported move into work, education or training. 

Prince’s Trust International works in partnership with the private sector, governments, and civil society in countries around the world to support young people aged 13-30 into work, education or training. By working together with local partners Prince’s Trust International support young people in communities around the world to realise their potential. This is achieved by assisting delivery of initial pilot programmes, tailoring to the local need, and providing ongoing support to enable sustainable future delivery.

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Media contact:
Jenny Vu | Project Executive – Prince’s Trust Australia
m: 0431 694 001