Young people from across Lanarkshire are being offered the opportunity to develop their skills, confidence and employment opportunities thanks to a programme run by the Prince’s Trust and New College Lanarkshire.
The Prince’s Trust ‘Team’ Programme is accepting referrals for its autumn programmes, held at the College’s Coatbridge, Cumbernauld and Motherwell Campuses.
Open to anyone aged 16 to 25 and unemployed, the programme offers development of skills, qualifications and work experience over a 12-week fully funded programme.
The intake follows the success of over 170 young people completing the programme since its launch at New College Lanarkshire in 2018, with many going onto to employment, college programmes and other positive destinations.
Successful participants of this year’s summer programme recently celebrated at special awards ceremonies where they shared experiences and learnings with classmates, friends, family and tutors, which included work placements, residential and team-building activities.
Motherwell ‘Team’ participant, Matthew Harvey, even had the chance to share his experience of meeting the Duke of Rothesay, Prince Charles, at his work placement in a horticultural centre in Lanark.
He said: “I got so much more out of the team programme than I expected. I learned about teamwork and leadership, which I really enjoyed. It was also a real honour to meet the Duke of Rothesay.”
Emily O’Neil, who took part in the Cumbernauld ‘Team’ programme said: “I can’t begin to tell you how much the ‘Team’ programme helped me. I have made new friends and overcome things I never thought I could. I have much more confidence now that I can go onto achieve great things.”
Abbie O’Neill, who is now a Young Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, also added: “Doing the ‘Team’ programme has been a life changer. I now have so much more confidence and I have spoken at a number of events which I would never have considered before.”
Stuart Matson, Community Programmes Manager and responsible for Prince’s Trust Teams at New College Lanarkshire, said: “Since the restart of Team programmes in January 2018, over 150 young people have benefitted and have improved their skills, confidence and future prospects.”
“We are now recruiting for our autumn teams and welcome any referrals and partnerships with employers and community agencies in regards to opportunities for placements, community projects and team challenge.
“We need your support in making this the most successful programme of its kind in Lanarkshire.”
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 New College Lanarkshire and together we will develop the Team programme and offer post programme support and progression routes.”
For more information about the Prince’s Trust Team Programme, please visit: www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk/courses/princes-trust