Has COVID-19 impacted the delivery of programmes to young people?

"Now more than ever we need to be there for young people, which is why we’re committed to finding new ways to help them build their confidence and skills at this difficult time. Our courses are now available online, so that young people can develop new skills and confidence, whilst also socialise and find new friends virtually. 

Our Young People Action Plan, which forms part of our response to Coronavirus, explains the different ways we can help all the young people we support to get what they need during this challenging time.

  • Wellbeing: Our army of youth support workers and volunteers can provide one-to-one support for young people over the phone and online, helping those who are struggling to cope with isolation and social distancing
  • Education: We will work with teachers to support pupils who may not currently be in school
  • Employment: We will deliver structured programmes for young people who don’t have a job to help build their confidence and reskill, and we will work with our partners to train young people to start critical jobs in health care and the supply chain
  • Enterprise: We will provide mentors and support for young people who are self-employed and worried about their future
  • Community: Many young people are already responding to the current situation by volunteering in their local areas. We will grow our youth volunteering network to enable more young people to help their communities, responsibly and safely"

What is the most rewarding part about working at the Trust?

"Seeing your young person go from A to B and seeing their character, their confidence and their determination just grow." - Cherie (Prince’s Trust Executive)

Are there opportunities for promotion?

"I started out as an Executive and was then promoted to an Operations Manager where I now manage Education and Volunteers. I think having that grounding of doing the job on the frontline and direct delivery, has really helped me to understand my team and know what they're going through. So yeah, massive opportunities for promotion within the Trust." - Jennifer (Operations Manager)

 

"I joined the Trust almost 16 years ago as a Prince's Trust Executive and have had amazing opportunities to really carve a career for myself in this charity sector to end up where I am now as the Director of my region." - Clare (Director for North of England)

What's it like working at the Prince's Trust?

"Every day is a challenge, it's different, it's brilliant. You work with some challenging young people but make a difference in their lives, so it's really rewarding." - Liam (Prince's Trust Executive)

What are the working hours?

"Core hours are 7 hours per day with a one-hour unpaid break, to be worked between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm Monday to Friday.

It's rare, but you may be asked to work a Saturday to support our young people between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm."

What would I wear to work?

"We currently operate a 'dress for your day' policy - for example, if you are working outdoors with young people all day - comfortable and practical; if you are meeting a stakeholder - smart/casual etc.

We also typically have a casual Friday."

What kind of training and development to you get?

"The Trust offers a variety of internal and external training opportunities, but the essential training is things like; Youth Mental Health, First Aid, Safeguarding, Challenging Behaviour, Skills Kit (which is a training opportunity for all Execs), and an Online learning platform.

All training is identified through regular support and supervision sessions." - Jordan (Prince's Trust Executive)

How much travel is required?

"Travel around your allocated region will be a daily/weekly occurrence to make sure we're working where our young people need us. Occasional travel to other Prince's Trust offices further afield will also be required from time to time.

This is not solely an office-based position." 

Do I need to stay away from home?

"There may occasionally be some 2 or 3 days training courses but this is unusual and would not be a regular feature of the role.

Accommodation would be covered by The Prince's Trust, within expenses limits." 

What can I expect to do on a daily basis?

"This is an extremely varied role, so this mainly depends on your programme areas. This could include direct delivery of Prince's Trust programmes:

  • Enterprise, self-employment training and Employability training
  • Teambuilding
  • Outdoor activities
  • Community projects
  • School visits
  • Working with volunteers
  • Talking to referral agencies and Partnership meetings
  • CRM data entry
  • Internally verifying work entered for PT qualifications, fundraising events, celebration events, Outreach events and conferences etc."