The Prince of Wales at­tends Prince’s Trust In­ter­na­tional re­cep­tion for Heads of Com­mon­wealth

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The Prince of Wales met with Heads of Gov­ern­ment and Heads of State from across the Com­mon­wealth at a Prince’s Trust In­ter­na­tional re­cep­tion held at St James’ Palace. Also in at­ten­dance were Evarist Bar­tolo, Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ment in Malta and An­drew Beane, CEO of HSBC Malta.

The event wel­comed rep­re­sen­ta­tives from across the Com­mon­wealth, who heard from The Prince of Wales and Lloyd Dorf­man CBE, chair­man of The Prince’s Trust and Prince’s Trust In­ter­na­tional about how Prince’s Trust In­ter­na­tional is work­ing with a range of de­liv­ery part­ners to sup­port young peo­ple around the world into sus­tain­able em­ploy­ment, ed­u­ca­tion or train­ing.

Prince’s Trust In­ter­na­tional works in part­ner­ship with gov­ern­ments and agen­cies to de­liver the proven youth pro­grammes of its sister char­ity, The Prince’s Trust, which for over 40 years has helped more than 870,000 young peo­ple to trans­form their lives in the UK. Prince’s Trust In­ter­na­tional was launched by The Prince of Wales in 2015 at the Com­mon­wealth Heads of Gov­ern­ment Meet­ing in Malta.

Prince’s Trust In­ter­na­tional is cur­rently work­ing with lo­cal strate­gic and de­liv­ery part­ners in Aus­tralia, Bar­ba­dos, Canada, Greece, In­dia, Jor­dan, Malta, New Zealand and Pak­istan. Scop­ing has also be­gun in Malaysia, Ja­maica and Trinidad and Tobago, to be ready to run pi­lot pro­grammes in 2019.

Fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment of the newly ex­panded Prince’s Trust Group, His Royal Highness took this op­por­tu­nity to re­it­er­ate his com­mit­ment to giv­ing young peo­ple in the UK and across the world a chance to suc­ceed.

The Prince of Wales paid trib­ute to the young peo­ple whose lives have been trans­formed by his char­ity and the de­vo­tion of all those be­hind its work. He also spoke of the op­por­tu­nity to sup­port more un­em­ployed young peo­ple across the Com­mon­wealth with Prince’s Trust In­ter­na­tional’s pro­grammes in ed­u­ca­tion, per­sonal devel­op­ment and busi­ness.

Prince’s Trust In­ter­na­tional to­gether with The Prince’s Trust in the UK and newly formed Prince’s Trust Aus­tralia, Prince’s Trust Canada and Prince’s Trust New Zealand will strive to har­ness the bar­ri­ers to so­cial mo­bil­ity to fur­ther sup­port lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

Mr Dorf­man said: “The mis­sion of our char­ity, to pro­vide skills and jobs for young peo­ple, will cre­ate our com­mon wealth. Since launch­ing at the last CHOGM in 2015, PTI has grown and de­vel­oped. We are run­ning pro­grammes in nine coun­tries, seven of which are in the Com­mon­wealth, in­clud­ing Malta.

We have sup­ported over 4,700 young peo­ple and this is set to grow. We are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence and chang­ing lives. With youth un­em­ploy­ment at over 40% in some Com­mon­wealth coun­tries and our ex­pe­ri­ence in the UK show­ing that young peo­ple are three times more likely to be un­em­ployed as adults, there re­mains much for us to do and we have am­bi­tious plans to grow.”

Guests also heard from Roland Vella, a 14year-old Achieve pro­gramme par­tic­i­pant from Malta, who said: “Achieve has helped me turn around my life. I now dream of be­ing an ex­am­ple to oth­ers. There is no doubt that with­out Achieve, I would not be where I am to­day. I have taken con­trol of my life and I look for­ward to what the fu­ture will bring.”

Prince’s Trust In­ter­na­tional in Malta

In Malta, nearly 20% of stu­dents com­plete their sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion with­out the nec­es­sary skills and com­pe­tences ex­pected after 12 years of school­ing. Prince’s Trust In­ter­na­tional has part­nered with the Min­istry for Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ment to de­ploy the Achieve pro­gramme, which aims to en­gage stu­dents in learn­ing and de­velop their in­ter­est in school.

Work­ing in part­ner­ship with the Min­istry for Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ment and HSBC Malta Foun­da­tion since 2015, Prince’s Trust In­ter­na­tional have now in­tro­duced the Achieve pro­gramme into over 30 schools and cen­tres across the is­land and have sup­ported over 300 young peo­ple to re-en­gage in ed­u­ca­tion and build on core per­sonal and em­ploy­a­bil­ity skills.

Stu­dents have the op­por­tu­nity to work to­wards The Prince’s Trust Per­sonal Devel­op­ment and Em­ploy­a­bil­ity Skills (PDE) qual­i­fi­ca­tion, which is recog­nised by the Mal­tese Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Fur­ther and Higher Ed­u­ca­tion. The qual­i­fi­ca­tion is achieved by com­plet­ing a series of bite-sized units, which are ap­pro­pri­ate and rel­e­vant to learn­ers needs. The Min­istry for Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ment con­tinue to sup­port the pro­gramme and wish to build on the num­ber of schools de­liv­er­ing Achieve, with on­go­ing sup­port from the HSBC Malta Foun­da­tion.

Prince’s Trust In­ter­na­tional is also work­ing with the Min­istry for Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ment to roll out the Get Into pro­gramme in part­ner­ship with em­ploy­ers from sec­tors with iden­ti­fied skills short­ages. Fol­low­ing a pi­lot of five pro­grammes across the hos­pi­tal­ity, re­tail, cus­tomer care and health­care, 62% of young peo­ple gained em­ploy­ment. Prince’s Trust In­ter­na­tional are now en­gag­ing with em­ploy­ers to se­cure their in­volve­ment and fund­ing to roll out the pro­gramme at scale in 2018.

Jonathan Townsend, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Prince’s Trust In­ter­na­tional said: “The pro­grammes in Malta are a great ex­am­ple of how we can work to­gether with part­ners to help young peo­ple reach their po­ten­tial and trans­form their lives. We look for­ward to build­ing on the suc­cess in Malta and sup­port­ing many more young peo­ple across the is­land to achieve in ed­u­ca­tion and get into jobs. I would like to ex­tend our sin­cer­est thanks to our de­liv­ery part­ners and the many busi­nesses that have made this pos­si­ble.”

Mr Bar­tolo said: “The im­pact of Achieve has been so pow­er­ful, since it was first pi­loted in 2015, that it is now a recog­nised qual­i­fi­ca­tion for en­try to post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion in Malta. We are very proud that in the last three years the pro­gramme has been im­ple­mented in 33 schools and cen­tres in Malta and Gozo, and we look for­ward to sup­port­ing many more young peo­ple in years to come. We are also very pleased that the Get Into pro­gramme has helped groups of young peo­ple gain em­ploy­ment, not only by de­vel­op­ing their sec­tor-spe­cific em­ploy­a­bil­ity skills, but also soft skills, such as con­fi­dence and team­work.”

Beane said: “HSBC believes that all young peo­ple have great po­ten­tial pro­vided they are af­forded the op­por­tu­nity and sup­port to make the most of their par­tic­u­lar tal­ents. We are very proud that we have been able to help more than 300 young peo­ple re-en­gage with ed­u­ca­tion through the Achieve pro­gramme in Malta over the last few years. We are also de­lighted to have sup­ported and em­ployed Get Into par­tic­i­pants.”

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