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

April 19, 2018

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. Sharon Broughton, Chief Executive Officer of Prince’s Charities Canada 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 tried and tested youth programs 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.

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 programs in education, personal development and business.

Prince’s Trust International together with The Prince’s Trust in the UK, Prince’s Trust Australia, Prince’s Charities Canada (transitioning to 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 programs in nine countries, seven of which are in the Commonwealth, including Canada.

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 program 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.”

Prince’s Trust International in Canada

One of the charitable endeavours in Canada, the Get Into program supports young people, in particular newcomers, facing barriers to accessing educational and employment opportunities in Canada.

Young Canadians have an unemployment rate of 11.10%[1], near double the unemployment level among the general population. To support youth into jobs Prince’s Charities Canada (now transitioning to Prince’s Trust Canada) and Prince’s Trust International partnered with NEEDs, Youth Employment Service (YES) and the City School by Mohawk to roll out six Get Into programs with employers in Winnipeg and Toronto.

The programs supported 80 young people and were delivered across sectors including administration, retail and landscaping.

Get Into is important in Canada, particularly as many young people have identified their main barriers to employment being a lack of personal networks, a need for required soft-skills and access to first work opportunities. The program has also supported young people who have found it hard to apply their academic qualifications to a specific professional career path.

This year’s program delivery recommenced in the spring and will conclude in the autumn of 2018, with further delivery in Winnipeg and Toronto and expansion in Calgary, working alongside employers including Cineplex and Sobeys.

Sharon Broughton, Chief Executive Officer, Prince’s Charities Canada said: “We work closely with many great Canadian employers to connect them with youth who are looking to build their skills and who may not otherwise have the opportunity to access a first work opportunity.  We are excited to continue to develop this high-impact initiative, alongside our existing programs supporting entrepreneurship for veterans and transitioning military personnel and the revitalization of Indigenous languages.”

Prince’s Trust International is now working to support Prince’s Charities Canada to develop a sustainable growth strategy for the Get Into program to be delivered across key cities in Canada.

Andrea Mae, 19, came to Canada from the Philippines in 2016. She was overwhelmed with Canadian culture and although she could speak and understand English, she felt far removed from the workforce. She said: “I am really happy that I made the choice to join the Get into Cineplex program. I gained essential education, practical information and effective life skills which eventually gave me a lot of confidence in myself”

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About 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.

Further information about Prince’s Trust International is available at www.princestrustinternational.org via enquiries@princestrustinternational.org or 020 7543 1442.

About Prince‘s Charities Canada

Prince’s Charities Canada (PCC) delivers social impact and creates sustainable communities by transforming the lives of Canadians who are facing challenges or transition and by recognizing the diversity of Canada’s people, history and culture.

We do this through three core areas: entrepreneurship training for transitioning Canadian Armed Forces members and veteransemployment support for unemployed youth, and revitalizing endangered Indigenous languages.

Further information about Prince’s Charities Canada is available at www.princescharities.ca or by contacting info@princescharities.ca

[1] Trading Economics, February 2018

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