Prince's Trust wolverhampton

A group of unemployed young people from Wolverhampton spruced up a community centre during a three month personal development programme to help them gain the skills and confidence to find work.

The twelve students who took part on The Prince’s Trust’s Team programme, delivered by City of Wolverhampton College, celebrated their achievements at a final presentation evening at Hilton Hall Community Centre on June 26.

As part of their 12 week course, The Prince’s Trust Team spent two weeks landscaping the grounds at Hilton Hall Community Centre in Lanesfield. They raised the £315 needed for the project by carrying out a bag pack at Sainsbury’s St Marks in Wolverhampton, taking part in a sponsored walk from Wolverhampton to Kinver and organising a competition.

They also took part in a community speed watch, hosted Black Country Olympics and organised a survey about the barriers to employment. Following the course, the students have moved on to further courses, employment or apprenticeships.

After Team, twenty year old Wyatt Bradley secured an apprenticeship with print providers Beacon4Print.

He said, “The Team programme helped me to build my confidence and get out of my comfort zone. After doing work experience, I was delighted to be offered an apprenticeship at Beacon4Print. I was so relieved to be working again and with an apprenticeship, I’m getting experience and a qualification.”

Team leader Nicola Cooke said: “Over the last twenty five years, our partnership with The Prince’s Trust has enabled more than 2,000 young people gain direction and the belief that they can be successful in their futures. This Team, as with many others, demonstrated the passion and motivation to achieve and leave the programme optimistic and confident about their next steps.”

The Prince’s Trust recently marked the 25th year of its Team programme with a nationwide campaign supported by Barclays. The charity unveiled a giant photo frame, which was used by young people taking part in the scheme to take team selfies with popstar Alicia Dixon.

Members of the public are helping The Trust celebrate the programme’s 25th year by tweeting team selfies – known as ‘Teamies’ – with the hashtag #lovemyteam throughout June and July. Prizes are being awarded to people using the hashtag throughout the month.

Kathleen Britain, Head of UK Community Investment at Barclays, said: “We are proud to support the Team programme as part of our ongoing partnership with The Prince’s Trust. We’re celebrating the anniversary of the Team programme and the inspiring young people who have taken part in it over the last 25 years. As part of our commitment to 5 Million Young Futures, we are committed to helping the next generation build the enterprise, employability and financial skills they need to achieve their potential.  Together, we are enabling young people across the UK to gain employment, become financially independent and ultimately contribute to growth in the local economy.”

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.

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 www.princes-trust.org.uk or call 0800 842 842.






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