November update: The Prince’s Trust in South Yorkshire

Written by Mike, Katya & Ian, The Prince’s Trust

Welcome to the fourth monthly South Yorkshire bulletin, I’m impressed I’ve been so organised for so long!! How time flies. Here we hope to streamline what’s going on, what’s happened and what’s going to happen with the Prince’s Trust in South Yorkshire.

Last month in brief

It was a busy month with the trust, with a successful wrap up and celebration of our Get Into M&S programme (over 95% of the programme are now employed at M&S Meadowhall and the rest are continuing to work with us to achieve a positive outcome).

Our team programmes are well underway and our Mosaic and Achieve schools are in full swing, so a big shout out must go to our volunteers, patrons, supporters and referral partners for all their continued hard work.

We’re also incredibly close to a few business launches in the Sheffield area, so keep an eye out for those in next month’s newsletter!

Volunteers Needed

If you’re interested on volunteer opportunities with the trust please email our volunteer team:

Are you looking for a volunteering opportunity but are strapped for time? Become an Enterprise Challenge Mentor with The Prince’s Trust!

Enterprise Challenge is a national competition delivered by The Prince’s Trust where school children are supported by mentors to complete a range of challenges.

Mentors support young people in teams of 3-5 to play our business simulation game. Based on the concept of a pop-up shop, the game puts young people in charge of the conception and running of a brand new micro-business. From choosing what to sell and for how much, to where to set-up shop and how to attract customers – it’s up to young people to build hype, get sales and make a profit.

Points go to the team that makes the most profit, put ethical and sustainable business values at the heart of their decision making and build the most hype by thinking about the needs of their customers.

Following game-play young people work with mentors to develop and pitch their own business idea, putting into practice what they’ve learnt about what it takes to start an enterprise.

Mentor commitment:

The commitment is a 6 hour day in school for the first stage. This will take place in January or February 2020.

If your group happens to win the regional finals with their business pitch, you will also have the opportunity to attend the prestigious national finals event in central London, where the students will compete to become the winners in front of an audience of some 150 business and other leaders.

Business experience is not necessary, but key mentor qualities are: effective communication with young people, and a non-judgemental and encouraging attitude.

By taking part young people will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop their confidence and aspirations for what they can achieve
  • Increase their understanding of the world of work and their ability to have a positive impact on their wider community and society
  • Build important skills: team work, decision making, problem solving, communication, creative thinking and resilience

Last year’s national winners were from Yorkshire and The Humber – students of Dixons Kings Academy in Bradford!

We want you!

Get in touch with Katya – 07903 100 173 – if you are interested in this opportunity. Full training and support will be provided by Prince’s Trust.

General Referrals

If you know a young person who would be interested in receiving help and support from the Prince’s Trust but you’re not sure which programme would be most suitable don’t hesitate to contact one of our South Yorkshire Executives

Mike-  07436 582 316 (Enterprise)

Ian- 07484 507 524 (Get Into/Get Started/Team)

Katya- 07903 100 173 (Education)

Ian will be at the Doncaster JCP Youth options event all day on Tues 12 Nov. And at Rotherham JCP youth event on Wednesday 13 Nov. If your organisation would like one of us to come in and talk to any young people about their options and how we can support them, please get in touch.

Upcoming Courses and Programmes

Get Into

These courses involve a work placement and aim to offer concrete outcomes to the young people involved. Young people work to develop real world, relevant skills in a real industry setting, culminating in interview prep, CV writing and final interviews with appropriate employers. For young people aged 18-30 OLNLY



Taster Day: Tuesday 3 December

Programme Dates: Monday 9 to Friday 20 December

After a successful course in July we’re back with more great provision from Intertrain in Doncaster. This course will lead to guaranteed interviews for paid apprenticeships with Ganymede. Intertrain ONLY work with living wage apprenticeship providers so this is an excellent opportunity for young people to get into a vibrant, exciting and potentially lucrative career.

While on the course they will receive training in personal track safety, manual handling, ballast formation, drainage, track components and the use of various hand tools.

Contact: Ian- 07484 507 524

Start Up South Yorkshire

For Young People aged 16-30

Our pilot programme launched on 23 October with a day of fun team building activities at the Virgin Money Lounge in Sheffield. The course is now successfully running but due to the flexible and informal nature we can take referrals at any point.

The Course will include drop in sessions every week as well as talks and activities every other week covering:

  • Employment vs Self-Employment
  • Communication and Confidence
  • Money and Time Management
  • Wellbeing
  • Group mentoring

For more info and referrals or if you would like to volunteer your time/venue/expertise or refer a young person contact Mike (07436 582 316) or Katya (07903 100 173)


Ideal for any young people aged 18-30 in the Sheffield City Region looking to explore the idea of starting their own business or becoming self-employed. The course is designed to complement the New Enterprise Allowance and offers access to Level 1 and 2 qualifications as well as 3 years of FREE business mentoring.


>Sheffield 19 to 21 November

>For young people aged 18-30

See attached flyer for more details

Contact: Mike-  07436 582 316

Get Started

A weeklong industry snapshot, work together as a team and independently to complete a project. Young people will leave the week feeling energised and inspired. A celebration event rounds off the week to recognise the young people’s achievements.




Boost your confidence with our 12 week personal development programme, including an action packed residential trip, group led community project and two weeks work placement. As part of the course, we also spend some time developing interview and CV skills to ensure confidence is sky-high for when taking the next step. For young people aged 16-25


The next round of team programmes will start after Christmas at the following locations, so feel free to refer in the meantime:

Barnsley – 3 Feb

Doncaster A – 13 Jan

Doncaster B – 13 Jan

Sheffield Parkway – 27 Jan

Sheffield College – TBC

Contact: Ian- 07484 507 524

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