The Prince’s Trust is a charity in the United Kingdom founded in 1976 by Charles, Prince of Wales to help vulnerable young people get their lives on track.
It supports 11 to 30-year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Although this does not apply to our learners necessarily the Trust also supports vulnerable people in our communities.
At the Ridge we look to assess learners who would benefit from working as part of a team where the programme would boost their confidence and help them to gain new skills. There are so many opportunities available for us to consider when securing the support of the Princes Trust as there a number of components of the programme that could be beneficial to our learners.
The programme is renowned for allowing learners to make friends easily when they embrace a once-in-a-lifetime community project to transform their neighbourhoods with like-minded people.
We offer the Princes Trust ‘Achieve’ qualifications at Entry level 3. This qualification offers a vast range of units and allows learners to build their ‘cultural capital’.
Some of these units are:
Managing money, which includes the benefits of having a bank or building society account, understanding a payslip: pay and deductions, tax, national insurance and pensions. Learners investigate what these deductions are used for in society, and learn the basic principles behind a pension scheme.
A budgeting section allows learners to discuss and identify the advantages and disadvantages of borrowing money, such as interest and the impact this can have on a personal budget. This unit can give them the confidence to manage their own money and know the importance of paying bills and paying them on time.
Learners are encouraged to compare prices and explore the benefits of certain deals eg. Multi buy and meal deals.
This unit helps to promote independence and confidence, as well as developing employability skills.
Participating in exercise encourages learners to explore the benefits of regular exercise which leads to a healthy lifestyle and a healthy body.
Learners will identify local facilities in order to participate in exercise, and will discuss how to exercise safely including warming up and cooling down.
The unit covers the importance of a healthy, fit body and mind. This can contribute to enhanced employability options by increasing stamina and wellbeing.
Learners will discover how playing team sports can help to develop confidence in building relationships and enhance their self-esteem.