Young people in Sandwell are celebrating after completing a 12 week programme designed to boost confidence and unlock their career potential.
The group of nine students, who are all on a Prince’s Trust self development programme run by City of Wolverhampton College, marked their achievements at Brasshouse Community Centre on Wednesday 18th January 2017.
As part of the programme the group spent one week revamping Karam Court Care home, redecorating the dining area to make it more appealing for residents with dementia.
They also wrapped more than 100 presents for children who visited Santa’s grotto at Sandwell Valley before Christmas, and volunteered at West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre.
Team Leader Jo Parke said: “Some students will be moving onto paid employment as a result of positive experiences and skills they have gained during the course.
“Others intend to complete other work experience placements in Europe, move onto further education or aspire to join the armed forces. They have all done incredibly well and I am very proud of them.”
The Prince’s Trust Team programme gives unemployed young people aged 16 to 25 the chance to learn new skills and improve their confidence and self-esteem through a range of outdoor activities, community work and work experience.
During the programme the young people take part in an action-packed residential week, organise fundraising activities, carry out voluntary work in the community and benefit from two weeks’ work experience with a local employer.
Participants also get help with job searches, writing a CV and interview skills, and will gain national qualifications in first aid and food safety and certificates in employability, team work and community skills.
The programme was launched in 1990 and City of Wolverhampton College has been delivering courses across the Black Country and Shropshire since September 2000 with over 2000 local young people taking part.
The Prince’s Trust aims to support 58,000 vulnerable young people this year, giving them the confidence and skills to turn their lives around. Three in four young people on Prince’s Trust schemes move into work, education or training.
For more information on the Team programme contact The Prince’s Trust team at City of Wolverhampton College on 01902 836000. The college welcomes offers from individuals and businesses to support the delivery of the programme by offering work experience, mock interviews or voluntary projects.
For further information about The Prince’s Trust, visit http://www.princes-trust.org.uk or call 0800 842 842.