Safer Communities Community Interest Company (CIC), in partnership with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and The Prince’s Trust, are extending their successful Team programme after securing funding via the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme through the lead organisation Step to Work (Walsall) Limited’s Evolve project.
"Competition to gain employment is very tough which is why we are keen to support young people in having the best possible chance to secure a job and a brighter future for themselves. The aim of the course is to give people the opportunity to gain qualifications, experience a working routine and boost their confidence and social skills."
James Hettihewa-Young, Safer Communities Prince’s Trust Delivery Partner Manager
The £144,000 of funding, which is provided by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund, is matched by the BBO to projects which help unemployed adults gain the confidence and skills they need to get into work or training.
Earlier this year the CIC made an application to BBO for the funding so that they could extend the provision of the Prince’s Trust Team programme in additional areas.
The programme enables 16-25-year-olds to develop their communication, leadership and teamwork skills through outdoor activities and community-based projects over a 12 week period. To date, it has only been run in Stafford but this funding will allow it to be delivered in Cannock and Tamworth.
Over the course of the next two and a half years five courses will be delivered, allowing up to 75 young people to take part in a residential week away, complete a two-week work placement and get involved in a project to help their local community. The Team Programme is ideal for those who want to improve their confidence and get back into education or employment.
At the end of the programme they will receive the nationally recognised Prince’s Trust Certificate in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills.
James Hettihewa-Young, Safer Communities Prince’s Trust Delivery Partner Manager, said: "We are delighted to have secured this funding, which will allow us to provide the programme to young people in Cannock and Tamworth.
“Our previous courses in Stafford have been very well received by 120 young people through eight programmes and we’ve had some very positive feedback.