Community benefits from 'Team' partnership

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Young people from across Lanarkshire are taking the first steps towards a positive future thanks to the Prince’s Trust Team programme delivered by New College Lanarkshire.

The Prince’s Trust ‘Team’ Programme offers a 12-week development programme for people ages 16-25 from across Lanarkshire – and is currently recruiting for participants.

Hosted in NCL’s Coatbridge, Cumbernauld and Motherwell campuses, ‘Team’ gives participants the chance to engage in activities aimed at building interpersonal and employment skills, including team-building, work placements and residential experiences.

Following on the recent success of ‘Team 5’, which completed in December 2019, ‘Team 6’ is now open for referrals and partnerships with Lanarkshire organisations.

The participants of ‘Team 5’ recently celebrated the completion of their 12-week block with an event at their host campus, which included presenting their experiences of the programme to family and friends. They were helped in preparing for the event by Beauty Therapy students who provided hair and make-up.

The Coatbridge Team’s successes included collecting for the local food bank, while in Motherwell a fundraiser was held for Park Springs Care Home to raise funds to establish a new games room. Meanwhile the Cumbernauld Team undertook a special STEM project.

Many of the participants are now moving onto positive destinations – including further college programmes, employment and apprenticeships.

Courtney Wright, who completed ‘Team 5’ at the Motherwell Campus, has been offered an apprenticeship as an Early Learning Child Care Support Worker, saying: “The Prince’s Trust Team Programme gave me the confidence to go on and secure this opportunity and encourages others to do the same.”

John Kinnear, a participant from HMRC who supported the Cumbernauld Team, said: “The content of the course is fantastic and full of variety. I was particularly impressed with the community challenge element, giving the team a chance to be involved in the local community with several activities such as the community clean up, surveys and working the community garden.”

Jamie Hirrell, Programme Executive at the Prince’s Trust said: “We congratulate all the learners successfully completing the ‘Team’ Programme. The Prince's Trust is a strong supporter and partner of NCL. In partnership with the College we aim to develop the Team programme and offer post programme support and progression routes.”

Stuart Matson, Community Programmes Manager at NCL said:  “Since the restart of Team programmes in January 2018, over 190 young people have benefitted and have improved their skills, confidence and future prospects.

“We are now recruiting for our winter Team 6 and welcome any referrals and partnerships with employers and community agencies in regards to placements, community projects and team challenge opportunities.

“We need your support in making this the most successful programme of its kind in Lanarkshire.”

For more information about the Prince’s Trust Team Programme, please visit: www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk/courses/princes-trust

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