Since 2008 The Wood Foundation has invested £888,977 in the Prince's Trust. During 2008 - 2014 £716,000 was spent supporting the development and growth of 'Get Into' and in 2015 TWF continued their support within the positive pathways programmes comitting £173,050 to the 'Future Starts' pilot, securing match funding from the Scottish Government.
Future Starts is a programme aimed at 14-16 year olds at risk of withdrawing from education with no positive pathway identified. Within the 2015/16 and 2016/17 academic year the Prince's Trust aims to support 728 school leavers from across Scotland.
Working in partnership with local authorities, the Prince's Trust will support young people to raise their ambitions and build their capacity to access further training and employment opportunities through flexible learning routes, further education colleges, employers and enterprise bodies.
In the first year Future Starts is being piloted in Dundee, Edinburgh, North Lanarkshire and Glasgow - all areas of priority for the Prince's Trust based of youth employment levels, economic and social need.
In 2013 the Prince's Trust carried out a report called Abandoned Ambitions which emphasised the need to invest in vocational support and training for young people who do not choose to take the academic route. The programme also aligns with TWF's Chairman Sir Ian Wood's recommendations within his commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce Interim Report (September 2014) which highlights the need to strengthen vocational education pathways for Scotland's young people.
The 12 week course will involve Local Authortiy staff working with the disengaged young people and identifying local labour market opportunities. The sessions will help the young people to identify their strengths and interests and develop core employability skills including career planning, customer service, employability skills, practising leadership, CV creating, job applications, presentation and interview skills. The young people will also experience three industry focused 'Taster Days' linked to local employment sectors.