Prince’s Trust are running a 12 week Course starting in December at Edinburgh College (Milton Road Campus)
Team is a 12-week personal development course, offering work experience, qualifications, practical skills, community projects and the chance to take part in the John Muir award.
How does it help?
More than 70% of unemployed participants go on to jobs, training or education within three months of completing.
Through building their confidence and motivation, Team members are encouraged to think about their futures; this includes preparing a post-programme development plan. During the 12 weeks they:
· Uncover hidden talents
· Assume some responsibility for tasks
· Develop team-working and communication skills
· Gain awareness of their local community and how they can contribute to it
· Gain nationally recognised qualifications
How does it work?
Young people join a team of up to 15 participants. A team typically comprises around 12 unemployed people and one or two employed people sponsored by their employers.
During the 12 week programme, Team members:
· Undertake a project based in their local community
· Complete a work placement
· Participate in a team challenge, involving caring for others
· Stage a team presentation, during which they recount their experiences
Who is eligible?
Young people aged 16 – 25:
· Especially if they are part of The Trust’s other target groups, which are: people leaving care, young offenders, educational underachievers and the long term unemployed
What do employees gain?
A massive boost in skills and confidence. A recent survey showed:
· 90% felt they could work more effectively with others in a team
· 84% reported they would be more willing to take responsibility for projects in the future
· Over 115,000 people have taken part since the programme was launched in 1990
· The programme is available at over 300 locations in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
Team programme – weeks 1 to 12
Our Team programme is a 12 week course, designed to help you uncover your hidden talents and improve your confidence, as well as gain a nationally recognised qualification.
Team is run by a Partnership between Princes Trust and Edinburgh College.
Day 1: Meet new people
Don’t worry about turning up on your own – there’ll be about 12 people joining and everyone will be in the same situation. It’ll be informal and there’ll be plenty of activities so you’ll soon feel part of things.
Week 1: Take action
Over this week, you’ll start planning for the weeks ahead –setting out what you want to achieve and finding out how to get your qualifications.
Week 2: New experiences
During this week you will take part in team building activities and begin to start on your qualification.
Weeks 3-6: Something to talk about
As a Team, you’ll decide on a project to benefit your local community and carry it out. You might be surprised at what you can achieve together. This gives you great experience to talk about at interviews.
Weeks 7-8: Work placements
This is the time to see how the skills you’ve developed so far can help you in the workplace. It’s also a great chance to try out a type of work, or company, to see whether you like it.
Week 9: Plan for the future
Time to plan your next steps after the programme. You’ll get help to write a fantastic CV, practice your interview skills and make applications.
Weeks 10-11: Meet the challenge
You and your Team will take on a challenge to help others in the community. This is when you get to test out all the skills you’ll have worked on so far.
Week 12: Have your say
In your final week, you’ll deliver a presentation with your Team to an invited audience. This is your chance to show off the talents you’ve discovered! This may sound scary now, but after 12 weeks on Team you’ll be surprised at how far you’ve come.
How to apply
If you’re interested in taking part in our programme, or you know someone who might be interested: · You can apply online at www.edinburghcollege.co.uk · You can email us at Hannah.Johnston@edinburghcollege.ac.uk
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