The Prince’s Trust Team course is inspiring – and you could be the next one

Helping unemployed youth find a new direction is the best part of the job of the Prince’s Trust team course instructors within the Education Training Collective.

The 12 week personal development course offers the opportunity to develop life skills such as confidence, leadership and teamwork.

With new courses starting in the region this month (January 2022), those between the ages of 16 and 25 who are not working or studying are welcome to participate.

“It helped me build my self-confidence,” said Owen Miller, who signed up for the Prince’s Trust Redcar team after being left out of work during the Covid lockdowns.

Previously working as an apprentice hairdresser, he said: “I had been unemployed for six months when my guidance counselor suggested I try. Not knowing what to expect, the 17-year-old quickly found out he had settled down.

The aim of the program is to help inspire and motivate young people. This is an opportunity to take on new challenges, including a community project, outdoor activities and an internship, as well as getting advice on CV writing and interviews.

Owen Miller

It certainly worked for Owen who, after being impressed with his placement, was offered an apprenticeship job offer at Silhouette Hair & Beauty in Redcar.

Success at work was also at the rendezvous for Nathan Middleton; lucky for the 24-year-old who admitted feeling nervous he almost quit the Bishop Auckland squad program before the course even started.

“When I first joined I was nervous because I hadn’t been around a lot of people for a while,” he said. “As the time went on, I really calmed down. I felt supported by everyone there.

Encouraged to step out of what he describes as his’ bubble of comfort ‘, he added:’ I’ve learned that I’m more capable of doing things than I originally thought.

Now working as a laundry attendant and with a renewed sense of confidence, Nathan said: “The Prince’s Trust course helped me get this job, helping me with my CV and interview skills. ”

Describing the program as “incredibly fun,” he added, “I recommend the team program to anyone who is unsure of what they want their next steps to be or who just wants to do something in between jobs or school. . It’s a great place to make friends and challenge your personal beliefs for the better! ”

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For Sophie Peebles, The Prince’s Trust has helped restore her confidence and made her want to talk openly about mental health.

The 21-year-old from Middlesbrough, who took two Prince’s Trust team courses in Stockton as well as the youth charity’s Fairbridge program, said: ‘I quickly found out I could talk about anything. with tutors. I was inspired by their openness and it helped me open up.

Having struggled with mental health issues before, she said, “I proved to myself that I could do anything if I thought about it.” For her, this included canoeing and walking through the gorges, as well as helping to create sensory gardens for two residential homes and even designing a custom mural, all part of the course.

Passionate about the art and concerned with helping others understand that mental health issues are not a shame, Sophie is now a volunteer at an art-focused charity for mental health in Hartlepool, working part-time and even submitted her university application to study. fine arts.

Excited by what the future holds and grateful to all who have helped her, she said: “I have learned a lot about myself, especially that I am good at working in a team, communicating with others and listen to what people have to say. . ”

If you are between 16 and 25 years old and not working, studying or training, it is not too late to reserve your place in a free Prince’s Trust team course from January.

The start dates are:

Monday January 17, 2022 – Bishop Auckland, Catterick and Darlington

Monday January 24, 2022 – Middlesbrough and Stockton

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