Between 2008 and 2014, TWF has made three investments into The Prince’s Trust. The investments, worth a combined £716,000, have supported the development and growth of the Get Into programme.
Aimed at 16-25 year olds, Get Into is an intensive, fast-paced course designed to give participants the vocational skills, experience and qualifications necessary to gain employment. The Prince’s Trust partners with employers to provide work experience, mentorship and industry recognised certification to help prepare young people for the world of work.
In 2008 TWF made the first investment of £234,000. This investment was to facilitate the expansion of the Get Into programme, supporting 46 courses in Glasgow and Edinburgh over a three year period. During this time, 622 young people engaged with the programme, of which 84% completed and a further 74% moved into a positive destination with three months of completing the programme.
In 2009 TWF made a second, three year investment of £49,000. This agreement supported the expansion of Get Into Retail in Aberdeen through a new franchise delivery model. In years 1 and 2 of this investment, Aberdeen Foyer delivered 5 Get Into Retail courses, offering 61 young people positive destination opportunities, 65% of whom are in employment or education three months after completing the course. For the final year, The Prince’s Trust worked with Enterprise North East Trust to continue developing Get Into programmes in Aberdeen and offer a further 36 young people opportunities in new growth sectors.
Based on the success of these first two investments, in August 2011 TWF made a third, three year commitment of £424,000 to The Prince’s Trust and Get Into. This most recent investment allowed The Prince’s Trust to maintain their existing programme portfolio, create new programmes within growth sector areas where there are good entry level job opportunities, and expand into three new Local Authority areas. Between 2011 and 2014, The Prince’s Trust doubled the number of courses provided per annum from 24 to 48 and provided opportunities for 1,451 young people who were not in employment, education or training.
During August 2008 and March 2014, the Get Into programme delivered 136 programmes across 12 local authorities, providing 1,714 young people with the opportunity to gain work experience and industry recognised qualification through one of the 16 sector specific Get Into programmes.