Royalists and Republicans alike can welcome the news that the Prince’s Trust has helped 80,000 young people to start their own businesses.
The Trust gives practical and financial support to young people, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. It has helped more than 750,000 young people in some way since 1976, and supports 100 more each working day. More than three in four young people helped last year moved into work, education or training.
The website reminds us that around one in five young people in the UK are not in work, education or training, that youth unemployment costs the UK economy £10 million a day in lost productivity and youth crime costs £1 billion every year.
Only one of these young people is known to the writer. Devinder (not his real name) had been unemployed for some time, and a grant of £500 enabled him to buy a portable cooking range with which he set up a business catering at festivals. He later opened a café in Bristol.
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