The Prince's Trust invests £5m to aid school dropouts

The Prince's Trust is ploughing £5 million into various projects that will help school leavers with no qualifications avoid lives of low pay, unemployment and crime.

Over the next three years, the trust will inject £1.5 million into its volunteer programme for 16 to 25 year olds, the majority of whom are unemployed, to provide basic skills training.

Around £2.5 million will boost the trust's XL Clubs, designed to help kids who are under threat of exclusion from school. The rest of the funding will go towards setting up a basic skills unit, and for staff and volunteer training costs.

The extra money for these areas follows a research review by the trust.

The review found that young people with no qualifications are up to five times more likely to be unemployed, twice as likely to be sacked from their first job, more likely to become offenders or victims of crime, and more likely to be homeless or live in rented council accommodation.

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