HRH The Prince of Wales recently met with young people from The City of Leicester College and Birmingham-based Saltley Academy who are turning their lives around with help from Mosaic and the Achieve programmes.
During the visit, the Saltley Academy students discussed with The Prince how mentoring had improved their confidence and benefited their lives. Students on the Achieve programme at the City of Leicester College then presented an activity designed to help them develop STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills. This involved building an air powered rocket-car and evaluating the success of their design. The Trust is embedding STEM activities across all of its programmes to tackle industry skills gaps.
The Prince sat down with members of both schools to discuss some of the issues affecting young people today, as well as meeting Fadi Itani, Deputy Director-General of Qatar Charity UK, and Othman Moqbel, CEO of Human Appeal, to thank them for their organisations’ very generous support of Mosaic programmes.
Mosaic, which merged with The Prince’s Trust in 2016 and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, runs a suite of mentoring programmes that include matching young people with positive role models to improve their confidence, self-esteem and employability. Achieve provides flexible provision for 11-19 year olds who are experiencing challenges with attendance, attainment or motivation and may be at risk of underachievement or exclusion.
John O’Reilly, Director for The Prince’s Trust in Central England, said, “Our education programmes are crucial to the expansion of our work as we look to help even more young people reach their potential. We are delighted HRH The Prince of Wales was able to visit Leicester and meet some of the pupils whose lives have been transformed by the support they’ve received from The Trust.”
Jonathan Freeman, Managing Director of Mosaic, said, “It’s been a fantastic first ten years for Mosaic and we are proud to have supported so many underprivileged young people to realise their talents and potential. Following our integration into The Prince’s Trust, we are now looking forward to an exciting future where we will be able to increase our delivery and impact across the UK.”
One of the Mosaic mentors on the day was Shakil Butt, who said of the visit: “It was an honour showcasing the Mosaic mentoring session to HRH Prince Charles. He seemed to really enjoy spending time with us, and this came across in the time he spent with each of our young people. He thanked myself and the other Mosaic mentor on the day, Ronan, for volunteering to support Mosaic and I felt compelled to thank him, for having started this great initiative, that has reached so many, touching them and changing lives.”
Alternative curriculum programmes like Achieve and Mosaic are crucial to helping young people explore different career paths and reach their potential. Research by The Trust in 2016 found that young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to struggle academically and face further challenges when looking for work. The report found that 44% of young people from poorer background say they didn’t know anyone who could help them find a job, compared to 26% of their more advantaged peers.
Since its foundation, Mosaic has deployed over 5,529 mentors to work with 30,111 beneficiaries in 1,164 separate institutions. 82% of its beneficiaries are drawn from 20% of the most deprived areas of the country.
Three out of four young people helped by The Trust move into work, education or training. For more information, visit www.princes-trust.org.uk.