Established in 2004, SkillForce is a national education charity, leading the way in how character and resilience is taught and delivered in schools. Since its inception, SkillForce has helped tens of thousands of young people turn their lives around and, through doing so, realise their potential and become responsible citizens.
In addition to our commitment to young people, we also support ex-Forces personnel, providing training and opportunity to become qualified SkillForce Instructors. Over the years, this has proved to be mutually beneficial with former service men and women acting as outstanding role models, mentors and coaches for those in their care.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge KG KT became the charity’s Royal Patron in 2009. We greatly value our royal patronage for the recognition and endorsement it confers upon our work.
With continued support through grants, donations and, most important of all, partnerships, the SkillForce team, many of whom have served their country, look forward to continuing to serve their communities.
Daring young people to be their best selves:
Resilient, confident and ready for life’s challenges and opportunities.
Using the knowledge, skills and experience of predominantly ex-Service instructors, SkillForce will establish The Prince William Award as the recognised sector-leading character and resilience programme in partnership with schools.
SkillForce believes that a clear set of positive moral values is core to children and young people developing a strong and comfortable sense of self. The charity will also embrace our values of COURAGE, RESPECT and INTEGRITY, encouraging staff, partners and supporters to dare to be their best selves.
SkillForce is a remarkable charity.
I am continually lost for words about the impact that our programme and instructors have. Hearing of children who were once elective mutes standing up presenting in front of their class, or young people achieving academic successes they had never thought possible, is the type of information that cannot be demonstrated in a document like this.
This is, however, the reality and power of our programmes.
To help as many young people as we have has taken the tremendous support of our Royal Patron, our staff, our benefactors, our supporters and our ambassadors and champions. Everyone has played their part, and for that I am tremendously grateful.
This collective support has already enabled us to launch The Prince William Award in 2017. This programme has allowed us to reshape the vision and reinvigorate our mission to encourage, enable and inspire children and young people.
Crucially, it also allows us to support and develop ex-Service veterans to be the very best version of themselves.
There is, however, clearly more that can be done. We live in a world where young people face many pressures and challenges, and I believe that we have a key role in ensuring that our young people dare to be their best selves and embrace life’s opportunities.
The work SkillForce does is incredibly valuable, and we should be ambitious in ensuring that as many children and ex-Service personnel as possible are bene tting from it.”
Sir Iain McMillan CBE, Chairman