The Prince of Wales meets young people at TK Maxx in Tooting

Today, The Prince of Wales visited a TK Maxx store in Tooting, South London, to meet young people who have taken part in The Prince’s Trust ‘Get into Retail’ programme.

His Royal Highness met employees on the shop floor and joined a discussion with people who have been supported by The Prince’s Trust to hear about what it’s like to be a young Londoner today and the challenges they have overcome to gain stable employment.

TK Maxx's partnership with The Prince's Trust has helped over 1,000 young people since 2013.

The programme offers specialist training and roles to young people, many of whom remain employees in TK Maxx stores.

Following the visit, The Prince of Wales met members of the local community who had gathered to greet him on Tooting High Street.  

 

The Prince of Wales meets local residents in Tooting

 

Rachel Crawford, 29, from London, is a Team Leader in the Tooting store and spoke to The Prince about her experience of doing a six-week retail course in conjunction with The Prince's Trust before taking up employment in TK Maxx.

Rachel said: "I'm so privileged that he's actually come out of his own personal time to come to the store, to meet us one on one.”

The Prince's Trust has helped more than 950,000 young people since it was founded by The Prince of Wales in 1976.

Find out more about The Prince’s Trust and the support they offer 11-30 year olds.