The youth charity the Prince’s Trust has set up an international subsidiary that has already begun work in a number of countries overseas.
The Prince’s Trust International was registered with the Charity Commission yesterday, with near identical charitable objects to the Prince’s Trust itself – the major difference being that the international charity can work throughout the world.
The council of the Prince’s Trust approved the creation of PTI in March 2014. It was incorporated in June, and in the same month launched a volunteer business mentorship project in Oman. It plans to begin pilot programmes in Jordan in early 2015, giving young people training and work experience, and has a pipeline of projects in a variety of European and Commonwealth countries, including Australia, Canada, India and Malta, according to its website. Its entry on the commission’s register says it might also operate in Germany and the Republic of Ireland.
The Prince’s Trust website says: "Any projects outside the UK will be funded independently from the Prince’s Trust UK programmes, and therefore all money raised for the trust’s UK work will continue to be spent at home.
"Prince’s Trust International has been created to enable the trust to build on its success in the UK, addressing this demand for advice and expertise from governments and NGOs seeking to tackle youth unemployment around the world and to share our experience and expertise."
PTI has the chief executive, head of the chief executive’s office and chief financial officer of the parent charity among its trustees. The new charity is chaired by Sir Nigel Knowles, managing partner of the law firm DLA Piper, and in November it appointed Alastair Da Costa as its chief executive. Da Costa also previously worked at DLA Piper. PTI’s deputy director is Caitlin Kennedy, who has worked for the Prince’s Trust in various roles since 2003.
Last summer, the Prince's Trust said it would have to cut up to 100 jobs to reduce its administration costs.