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Enterprise Programme at The Prince's Trust

Course description

The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme supports unemployed young people aged 18-30 to work out if their business ideas are viable and whether self-employment is right for them.

Depending on the outcome of this process, the programme can then offer mentoring support and, for those that really need it, financial support to start a business or mentoring support to secure goals in employment, education or training.

After attending an initial Information Session, young people attend a four day Explore Enterprise course to learn about topics relevant to planning and running a business and to consider whether self employment is right for them. It is designed to be practical, interactive, visual and based around discussions and activities. It aims to enable young people to feel what running their own business would be like and what it would involve.

Following the course young people receive one to one support and mentoring to start their business or, if self employment turns out not to be the right option, to secure other outcomes in employment, education, training or voluntary work.

Is it for people like me?

The Enterprise programme is for people who:

  • Have a business idea they want help to explore
  • Are aged 18-30
  • Are unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week
  • Live in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland
What help could I get?
  • Advice on employment options
  • Business skills training
  • Business planning support
  • Start-up loan funding*
  • Ongoing support from a volunteer business mentor
  • Access to specialist support, including our free legal helpline supported by DLA Piper
  • And, if you start a business, access to a wide range of free and discounted products and services.
Points to note
  • You'll first need to attend an information session
  • *Participation in the Enterprise programme does not guarantee that start-up funding will be awarded. Applications for start-up funding are assessed in relation to a number of factors including perceived risk, business viability and individual need.
  • The following people are not eligible: gap year students, recent graduates (graduated less than six months ago, those with a post graduate degree (e.g. a Masters) or a professional qualification

Course content

What help could I get?

  • Advice on employment options
  • Business skills training
  • Business planning support
  • Start-up loan funding*
  • Ongoing support from a volunteer business mentor
  • Access to specialist support, including our free legal helpline supported by DLA Piper
  • And, if you start a business, access to a wide range of free and discounted products and services.

Entry requirements

  • Have a business idea they want help to explore
  • Are aged 18-30
  • Are unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week
  • Live in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Prince's Trust directly.

Last updated date: 02 July 2014
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