Prince Charles launches £5m employment scheme for disadvantaged youngsters

The Prince of Wales has launched a £5m scheme to help poorly qualified school leavers find work.

Four pilot projects will be run by the Prince’s Trust from next year in some of the country’s most deprived areas.

The venture, called Enterprise Works, will see disadvantaged youngsters offered work placements and mentoring. It is designed to help 16 to 18-year-olds in areas of high unemployment find work or establish their own businesses.

Speaking at the launch of the programme on Thursday, Prince Charles said: “With more than one million 16 to 24-year-olds in the UK currently not in education, employment or training, it is vital we try new ways of reaching them.

“Today’s announcement of a further £5m from the Royal Bank of Scotland will enable us to look at how we can expand our mentoring system and make enterprise work in this country’s most deprived areas.”

The first pilot starts in London early next year. Details on the other three initiatives will be announced after that.

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