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Alesha Dixon supports new Prince’s Trust Online training

SUPPORT: Prince's Trust Ambassador Alesha Dixon (middle)

ALESHA DIXON has joined seven successful business people, who have all been supported by The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme, to spread the message that unemployed young people can now gain support from the UK’s leading youth charity to start their own business via their tablet, PC or phone.

The campaign is backed by NatWest who have been instrumental in bringing the new platform to life. For young people who may not be able to access face-to-face courses because of health issues, family or caring responsibilities or simply because they live in a remote area, this new way to explore self-employment is a lifeline.

Budding entrepreneurs can still take part in the face-to-face Enterprise courses, but online access now removes one of the biggest barriers and will allow The Trust to help more young people than ever turn their ideas into business reality.

Prince’s Trust Online forms a key part of The Trust’s aim to build on 40 years of achievement as the UK’s leading youth charity, by supporting a million more young people over the next decade. The Enterprise programme has helped nearly 87,000 young people set up their own businesses since 1983 and Trust supported businesses have a higher success rate than average.

Prince’s Trust Ambassador Alesha Dixon commented: “It was great to spend time on the shoot with such an inspiring and driven group of young people. Their businesses were diverse but every one of them showed that a good idea, combined with the right guidance is a winning combination when it comes to making a success of self-employment. The fact that The Prince’s Trust and NatWest will be giving more young people this chance moving forward can only be a good thing.”

James Graham, Manager, Enterprise Programmes, Sustainable Banking, NatWest said:
“We’ve been involved with The Trust and the Enterprise programme for many years now, but we never stop being impressed by the calibre of businesses created by the young people that come through the programme."

"Having seen the transformative effect the programme can have, we’re excited to be able to help even more young people by now offering access via Prince’s Trust Online, as one of the site’s founding patrons. As well as the young entrepreneurs, I’m also excited for the extra opportunities this gives our staff to directly support them one-on-one by signing up to be e-mentors through the site.”

Alongside increased access for young people, Prince’s Trust Online also offers new opportunities for mentors. As an e-mentor individuals have the chance to motivate, guide and support young people through their journey to opening a business, all at a time and pace that suits them.

E-mentoring is one of the most flexible and convenient ways to volunteer with The Trust, and you can find out more on there website.

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