If you feel like you are not quite ready to take part in a full time course or Apprenticeship at college, you could choose to complete our Prince’s Trust programme.

It is a 12-week course, starting at various points throughout the year, which is open to any young people aged 16-25. You will gain life experience and a qualification and have support to find something which interests you.

After completing all aspects of the programme you will receive a Level 1 certificate in Employability, team work and community skills and gain the confidence and skills to move onto further employment or training.

The course is free and you can still claim Jobseeker’s Allowance whilst completing the programme. The programme starts with a residential trip, where you will have the chance to try gorge walking, caving, canoeing and abseiling to enhance your team skills. You will also take part in a community project, fundraising activities and work experience.

princes trust case studies

Jack

Jack was initially brought onto the Prince’s Trust Team Programme through a referral from the Job Centre, having found himself claiming job seekers allowance and struggling to find the role he so desperately sought in the landscape gardening industry. His morale was low and his options were limited.

When Jack joined the 12-week programme he was initially very quiet and reserved, but soon came into his own, becoming more vocal in discussions and it was clear that his passion for landscape gardening really shone through completing his community project and taking it upon himself to refurbish the garden at the Recover College.

Total Landscapes offered Jack a work placement as part of the Prince’s Trust 12-week Work Development programme and he really came into his own, honing his landscaping skills and showing his passion for the career he so desperately sought. Total Landscapes were so impressed by Jack’s passion and tenacity that they offered him part time paid work with the future potential of a traineeship programme afterwards.

Jack said: “Joining the Prince’s Trust Programme has given me the push I needed and the drive to accomplish my career goals that I could have only dreamed of. It’s thanks to the team programme that I now have a future in Landscape Gardening with a company that is willing to support and nurture me and I have literally landed work in my dream job.”

Abby

Originally studying Business at Wakefield College, Abby was withdrawn and disinterested in class and due to her behaviour and attendance was struggling. Abby needed a new direction and wasn’t really sure what she wanted to do, after contacting the programme team leader, she enrolled onto the Team course.

After what was originally a slight rocky start to the course, Abby turned things around, changed her attitude and became one of the strongest members of the team, showcasing real team work skills on the residential element of the course and performing fantastically on her placement.

The key to improving Abby’s outlook on life and behaviour was working with her on a 1-2-1 basis, helping her build self-esteem and showing her ways to manage her feelings. She really showed her enthusiasm and her natural leadership qualities whilst completing the community project element of the course, cooking a homemade soup for the local soup kitchen and being the first of the volunteers to take time out to sit down and talk to the service users.

Abby has successfully gone on to achieve an apprenticeship with Kirklees Active Leisure and has completed her lifeguard training. She is now working full time as a lifeguard and is completing a qualification in leisure at Level 2.

Abby is flourishing in her new job and is so glad that she did the programme to discover her talents. She believes that the first aid course which she completed in week 9 is what inspired her to move in this direction.

Kirklees College