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CashBack Awards

Title of Project – CashBack Awards

Theme – Journey to Employment


Target Group – Young people disadvantaged by: –

  • Living in areas of deprivation; and
  • Being unemployed, not in education or training; and
  • Being excluded, or at risk of exclusion from school; and
  • Being at risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending/re-offending

Age range : 13 to 24 years

Number of Young People the project expects to work with : 2875


Summary of Project

The project is designed to provide grants to disadvantaged young people aged 13 -24 who are ready for positive destinations but cannot access education, employment or training because of a financial barrier that prevents them gaining the resources or skills they need.

CashBack Awards provide them with a range of flexible solutions such as funding training, equipment, clothing, travel, qualifications or licenses whilst improving their confidence and personal skills. The CashBack Awards scheme will support 850 young people in Year 1, 925 young people in Year 2, and 1100 young people in Year 3. CashBack Awards will reach each of the 32 of Scotland’s Local Authorities. 80% of them will be better off; with a job, a place in education or training or starting a business as well as increased self-belief to enable them to take the next positive step in life.

Prince’s Trust will work closely with Local Authority partners and schools to support young people who live in areas of deprivation, are NEETs, at risk of exclusion from school, involved in antisocial behaviour or at risk of offending. The CashBack Development Awards will also be used to help young offenders and ex-young offenders test their business ideas. The CashBack Awards will provide an opportunity for this particular group who have often been written off by society to get their ideas off the ground. To support this, the awards will be integrated work being undertaken by Prince’s Trust at MRM Polmont and HRM Addiewell to support offenders as they prepare to leave prison and reintegrate into society.

Areas where project will be delivered


All 32 local authority areas. Prince’s Trust will work with young people who are not in employment, education or training in communities across each of the 32 Local Authorities. A high proportion will come from the most disadvantaged communities according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation with low levels of attainment, health inequalities and poverty. The Prince’s Trust Outreach team will work in those communities to ensure the CashBack Development Awards are available to vulnerable, minority and excluded groups as well as using existing referral agency networks (such as JCP, SDS, Local Authority networks, local schools, police, social work and youth justice departments).