The Prince joined Her Excellency Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, The President of Malta at a special reception at the Palace of the Grandmaster, Valletta during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
Several heads of State and government, including The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, the new Prime Minister of Canada, joined His Royal Highness and The President of Malta at the reception.
Attendees also included young people engaged in the xl and Get Into programmes, corporate partners who are supporting these programmes and delegations from industry and other organisations and agencies.
Prince’s Trust International has already delivered two projects in Malta and works with The President’s Trust. The President’s Trust of Malta is based on the model of The Prince’s Trust in the UK, established earlier this year by The President after witnessing the work of The Prince’s Trust. The two charities collaborate on projects.
HSBC Malta has invested in a programme in seven schools to support young people who are struggling in education and risk exclusion. The young people started the programme at the beginning of this academic year. The initiative is based on Prince’s Trust xl clubs which operate in more than 400 UK schools, and is supported by The Ministry of Education.
Marks & Spencer, one of the UK’s most active corporate partners of The Prince’s Trust, has completed its first employability programme on Malta, supporting a group of unemployed young people in its Valletta and Sliema stores. Each young person who completed the programme has been offered employment.
Prince’s Trust International has also worked on projects in Jordan and Oman and is now focussing on developing new initiatives in the Commonwealth and Middle East.
Sir Nigel Knowles, Chairman of Prince’s Trust International said:
“The projects undertaken to date have really demonstrated the great need for initiatives focusing on youth unemployment. Now we are reaching out to countries across the Commonwealth and beyond, as we believe our programmes can make a difference around the world.”