Youth unemployment levels have hardly changed in the last 12 months, and there are still more than 723,000 young people in the UK out of work.
There is a real danger that many of them will be left behind.
In the last 10 years, The Prince’s Trust has supported more than 1,774 young people in Yorkshire and the Humber to beat unemployment by becoming their own boss.
From gardening to graphic design, baking to beauty therapy, we have given jobless young people the advice and tools they need to follow their passions and kick start self-employed careers.
I’ve met a lot of young people we’ve supported on our Enterprise programme and so many of them have said that starting their own business was the best decision they ever made.
As well providing products and services that fulfil a local need, hundreds of Trust-supported young people have gone on to expand their businesses and create jobs for others in their communities.
That’s why this autumn we’ve teamed up with NatWest to launch a campaign called #MyBigIdea in an effort to encourage more young people to consider self-employment.
There are so many young people out there with innovative ideas and aspirations for enterprise, but too often they lack confidence to take that first step.
If you are unemployed, or working less than 16 hours a week, and have a passion or idea, come and talk to The Prince’s Trust.
We can help you turn that enthusiasm into a sustainable enterprise and successful future.
North of England Director at The Prince’s Trust