The Prince’s Trust Development Awards – March 2016

Sometimes the smallest financial barrier can stop a young person from entering employment, education or training. This can have a massive negative effect on a young person’s future and often can send a young person on a downward spiral. There are thousands of young people who have goals and ambitions but cannot afford to access the opportunities they need because of their personal and financial circumstances.

The Development Awards programme addresses this problem by providing small grants (up to £500) to young people aged from 14 to 25 who have clear employment, education or training goals but who are struggling to move towards them due to a lack of funds. Each young person receives support and guidance from our Awards Executive or a local volunteer to ensure that their Award has maximum impact.

We have recently supported a young woman aged 25 from Braintree with a Development Award to help her to get back into employment. The young woman, who is an educational underachiever and ex-offender had managed to secure a few hours of work per week in a salon and had been offered further employment, subject to completing beauty refresher courses. With young children to support and having moved from hostel accommodation, she was keen to use her beauty qualifications, but unable to afford the course fees, she was struggling to move forward. A Development Award of £150 in November enabled her to undertake the courses the following month and move towards achieving her goals.