It offers work experience, challenging projects in the community and an adventurous five-day team building residential trip. The programme is free of charge, does not affect any benefits.
Seven out of 10 young people helped by the Prince’s Trust move on to work, training or education.
Designed to increase your confidence and offer career support, the programme is a unique opportunity that offers a real challenge with a difference. You’ll work towards a nationally recognised qualification, get help with job-hunting and writing your CV, take on community projects of your choice, experience an exciting, action-packed residential week, and get two weeks’ work experience in an area you’re interested in.
As well as gaining invaluable life skills, you’ll work towards a Prince’s Trust Certificate in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills. This is offered at Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2. You’ll also get the opportunity to enhance your Maths and English skills.
The Prince’s Trust programme is for 16-25 year-olds who are unemployed, and lacking in qualifications or confidence. It’s a great opportunity to develop your existing skills and gain new ones. You’ll work in small teams of 12-15 young people, all different ages and from different backgrounds.
In week 1 you will look forward to the rest of the programme, exploring ideas for the community project and team challenge.
This week is the action packed residential week. Before the week starts you will go shopping for all the food your team will need for the week (don’t worry you won’t need to pay for this). During the week you will be away from everyday life, including shops and television and will be encouraged to take part in a number of outdoor activities.
These activities may include: Archery, Canoeing, High ropes and Low ropes and Battlefield Live.
These three weeks are the planning, preparation and completion of the community project. It is up to your team to choose a project in your local community, fundraise and then fulfil the project. Popular fundraising events have been anything from car washing, bag packing at local supermarket and fancy dress events. These are just ideas but it is up to your team to explore different ideas and then implement these to raise money.
The community project is a great way to learn new skills, including planning and time management, decision making, working with others, health and safety and leadership skills.
In week 7 and 8 you will have the opportunity to plan your work placement. You will work with your team leader to identify and contact a company or organisation which interests you.
This week concentrates on the future and what opportunities you have after your team programme finishes. The week also includes CV workshops, interview techniques, mock interviews, guest speaks and job searches.
These two weeks are designed to see how well the group works together to achieve their goals. Your team will take part in a team challenge which may include a physically or mentally demanding activity to support the community in some way.
In week 12 your team will review the whole programme and the skills you have learnt. Towards the end of the week you will be presented with your Prince’s Trust qualification and you will have the opportunity to invite friends and family to join you celebrate your achievement.