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Prince’s Trust boosts access through new online platform

Youth charity The Prince’s Trust is opening up its services to more users by launching a new web-based platform.

Prince’s Trust Online, supported by founding patrons Nominet and NatWest, will allow users to benefit from its programmes even if they can’t attend in person because of where they live, or their personal circumstances. Young people can access The Trust’s programmes online, via their smartphones, tablets and computers.

The platform has launched with a digital version of the Enterprise programme, which helps young people turn their ideas into business reality. Prince’s Trust Online mirrors all parts of the existing Enterprise scheme, with e-learning modules covering everything from business plans to finance and, uniquely, is leading the way by combining online learning with a full e-mentoring service.

All young people will receive the ongoing support of a dedicated e-mentor, allowing The Trust to replicate the quality of their face-to-face programmes, ensuring the same positive outcomes for the young people involved.

Announcing the new platform at London Tech Week’s TechXLR8 event, Russell Haworth, CEO of Nominet said: “Britain needs its talent, wherever they live and whatever circumstances they find themselves in, to have the confidence and support they need to make their mark. Our funding helps The Prince’s Trust extend its programmes to those who, due to other commitments or geography, would otherwise miss out.”

The platform has been road tested by an initial cohort of young people, who wouldn’t otherwise have been able to access support from The Trust and will continue to roll out to full capacity over the coming months.

David Ivell, CIO, The Prince’s Trust said: “With the launch of Prince’s Trust Online we will be able to support more young people than ever and, perhaps most importantly, break down barriers that have previously prevented us reaching those who may have the most to gain from one of our programmes.  Prince’s Trust Online will give anyone, anywhere and in any circumstance, the chance to complete a program at their own speed, but with the full support we pride ourselves on delivering face to face.”

The charity says this is just the start of its online activity, with an Employability programme launching imminently.

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