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Our Royal Patron

HRH The Duke of Cambridge KG KT

The Duke of Cambridge became the Royal Patron of SkillForce in February 2009. In announcing his patronage, His Royal Highness, Prince William said:

“SkillForce does remarkable work with young people: the staff are predominantly ex-Service men and women who use their extensive life experience and leadership skills to encourage pupils to stay engaged with education and improve their future employability.”

HRH Duke of Cambridge meets pupils from Cofton Primary School in Birmingham. They are pupils from the first school in the city to receive the JPA.

HRH Duke of Cambridge meets pupils from Cofton Primary School in Birmingham. They are pupils from the first school in the city to receive the JPA.

Recent news

The Duke of Cambridge Launches SkillForce Prince William Award Programme To Give Children Confidence and Resilience For Life

Published Wednesday 1 March 2017

The Duke of Cambridge has launched a groundbreaking new award programme run by SkillForce in his name today [March 1st 2017] to help schoolchildren build character, confidence and resilience. The SkillForce Prince William Award is the first award scheme of its kind.  Aimed at six to 14-year-olds, the award programme draws on the expertise and [...]

SkillForce Pupils Set Sail To Boost Confidence and Resilience

Published Thursday 27 October 2016

St Michael's C of E Primary School students from Alnwick who are completing a sailing trip funded by the Ocean Youth Trust that is being organised by a national education charity called SkillForce.

Northumberland primary school pupils have developed their resilience and teamwork skills after completing a voyage along the River Tyne. Twenty schoolchildren from Year 5 at St Michael’s Church of England Primary School on Howling Lane in Alnwick completed the two-day boat trip this month. The excursion was organised by SkillForce and the Ocean Youth Trust [...]

HRH The Duke of Cambridge Supports New Pioneering National Character Education Scheme

Published Tuesday 11 October 2016

Photocredit: Theo Wood.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge has lent his support to a new and pioneering national character education scheme to help schoolchildren develop an inner strength for life. The SkillForce Prince William Award (formerly the SkillForce Character Award) pilot programme has started this term at 37 primary and secondary schools in England, Scotland and [...]

100 Women in Hedge Funds and SkillForce launch partnership with LSE ceremony

Published Monday 9 May 2016

100 Women in Hedge Funds 2016 Charity of the Year logo

100 Women in Hedge Funds (100WHF) has participated in London Stock Exchange’s market open ceremony with SkillForce, the 2016 beneficiary of 100WHF’s UK philanthropic initiatives. The market open was attended today by 100WHF members and guests including Amanda Pullinger, CEO of 100WHF and Ben Slade, CEO of SkillForce. It was followed by an inspiring talk [...]

Award Scheme Backed by HRH The Duke of Cambridge Launches In Bristol

Published Thursday 14 January 2016

An award scheme backed by His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge to help schoolchildren become self confident and resilient has officially launched in Bristol. The SkillForce Junior Prince’s Award equips nine to 14-year-olds with the skills they need to succeed in education, life and future employment. Aimed at primary and secondary schoolchildren, the award [...]

100 Women in Hedge Funds UK Partners With SkillForce

Published Wednesday 16 December 2015

100 Women in Hedge Funds, a leading non-profit organisation for professionals in the alternative investments industry, today announced that it will partner with SkillForce in 2016 in association with HRH The Duke of Cambridge’s ongoing patronage of 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ philanthropic initiatives. 100 Women in Hedge Funds has a strong track record of [...]

HRH The Duke of Cambridge to Close Deals for SkillForce at ICAP’s Annual Charity Day

Published Tuesday 8 December 2015

ICAP Stamp of Approval

HRH The Duke of Cambridge KG KT will put his broking skills to the test when he takes part in a global charity fundraising event this week. SkillForce’s Royal Patron will close a number of deals over the telephone during ICAP Charity Day on December 9th. On this day 100% of ICAP’s revenues and commissions [...]

HRH The Duke of Cambridge Congratulates First Primary Schoolchildren in Birmingham Completing Award Scheme

Published Tuesday 8 December 2015

SkillForce Royal Patron meets pupils awarded the Junior Prince's Award

HRH Duke of Cambridge meets pupils from Cofton Primary School in Birmingham. They are pupils from the first school in the city to receive the JPA.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge has congratulated the first primary schoolchildren in Birmingham completing a new award scheme in his name. The Duke spoke with 14 pupils from Cofton Primary School in Centenary Square, Birmingham city centre on Monday, December 7th, as part of a broader visit to the city. The group are the first [...]

Audi Polo Challenge Fundraiser For SkillForce

Published Monday 20 July 2015

Pictured: HRH The Duke of Cambridge KG KT playing in the Audi Polo Challenge. Photo credit: JAB Promotions

His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge KG KT has taken part in a prestigious sporting tournament to support two charities including SkillForce. The Audi Polo Challenge at Cambridge County Polo Club was an exclusive event, that entertained more than 300 guests, including a polo spectacle in which The Duke himself played. Celebrities attending included [...]

Newark Schoolchildren Celebrate Success

Published Thursday 25 June 2015

Schoolchildren from the Newark area have celebrated completing a national awards scheme backed by His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge KG KT. The SkillForce Junior Prince’s Award equips nine to eleven-year-olds with the life and employability skills they need to succeed for the future. Aimed at primary schoolchildren and those in the first year [...]

Message From HRH The Duke of Cambridge KG KT to First Welsh Award Scheme Achievers

Published Friday 12 June 2015

This message from HRH The Duke of Cambridge KG KT was relayed to participants at an event marking the completion of the first Junior Prince’s Award held in Wales on June 10th 2015 HRH The Duke of Cambridge KG KT

HRH The Duke of Cambridge KG KT Congratulates First Welsh Award Scheme Achievers

Published Friday 12 June 2015

His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge KG KT has sent a message of support to the first schoolchildren in Wales completing a new award scheme. The SkillForce Junior Prince’s Award is backed by The Duke of Cambridge and equips nine to eleven-year-olds with the life and employability skills they need to succeed for the [...]

Duke of Cambridge To Attend SkillForce 10th Anniversary

Published Wednesday 5 November 2014

The Duke of Cambridge will celebrate SkillForce’s 10th anniversary at a special gala dinner at the Imperial War Museum on 12th November, it was announced this week. The Duke is SkillForce’s Royal Patron and he will mark 10 years of the charity at a special fundraising evening in London where he will meet young people [...]

The Duke of Cambridge Honours D-Day Veterans

Published Friday 6 June 2014

Our Royal Patron The Duke of Cambridge has recorded a message with D-Day veterans as part of a special commemorative concert from the Royal Albert Hall. Prince William and veterans read from Shakespeare’s Henry V, words that British officers used to rouse their troops ahead of the assault on the beaches of Normandy. Proceeds from [...]

Prince William Sends SkillForce a Special Birthday Message

Published Monday 10 March 2014

Our Royal Patron Prince William presents our students with 2013's SkillForce Prince's Award.

2014 is a special year for SkillForce! We are celebrating 10 years of “Inspiring Young People To Succeed”. On 10th March, we were delighted to launch an official birthday message of support from our Royal Patron, HRH The Duke of Cambridge. Watch the video and be inspired! SkillForce has a packed programme throughout the year of special events, [...]

Prince William Plays Polo to Raise Funds for SkillForce

Published Monday 5 August 2013

SkillForce was thrilled to benefit from a charity polo match played by The Duke of Cambridge, our Royal Patron, and Prince Harry on 3rd August. In his first public engagement since the birth of his son, George (congratulations, Sir!), Prince William competed in the Audi Polo Cup at Coworth, Berkshire, wearing a polo shirt with SkillForce and Royal [...]

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