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The Prince's Trust: 12 week personal development course

Team is a 12-week personal development course, offering work experience, qualifications, practical skills, community projects and a residential week.

How does it help?

More than 70% of unemployed participants go on to jobs, training or education within three months of completing.

Through building their confidence and motivation, Team members are encouraged to think about their futures; this includes preparing a post-programme development plan. During the 12 weeks they:

  • Uncover hidden talents
  • Assume some responsibility for tasks
  • Develop team-working and communication skills
  • Gain awareness of their local community and how they can contribute to it
  • Gain nationally recognised qualifications


How does it work?

Young people join a team of up to 15 participants. A team typically comprises around 12 unemployed people and one or two employed people sponsored by their employers.

During the 12 week programme, Team members:

  • Spend a week away at a residential activity centre
  • Undertake a project based in their local community
  • Complete a work placement
  • Participate in a team challenge, involving caring for others
  • Stage a team presentation, during which they recount their experiences
  • The Fire Service also support the young person by purchasing their provisional license, give them access to the theory test and offer a number of driving lessons throughout the 12 weeks, all free of charge.

Who is eligible?

Young people aged 16 – 25: The Trust’s other target groups, which are: people leaving care, young offenders, educational underachievers and the long term unemployed.

What do employees gain?

A massive boost in skills and confidence. A recent survey showed:

  • 90% felt they could work more effectively with others in a team
  • 84% reported they would be more willing to take responsibility for projects in the future

Key facts

  • Over 115,000 people have taken part since the programme was launched in 1990
  • The programme is available at over 300 locations in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

For more information visit their website.



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