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Prince's Trust, a national charity that supports young
people, are offering a free personal development course, the
Team Programme, for 16-25 year olds who are not in work or
Stella Bell-Gam, Wandsworth Prince's Trust Team Leader, who
has personal experience of the course, describes how it
works in her area.
The Prince’s Trust 12-week Personal
Development programme re-engages young people who are not in
education or employment, helping them to get ahead and plan for
It’s one of the several opportunities that
the Prince’s Trust is offering to support young people who may be
finding their lives a struggle.
As well as young people who are
unemployed, the Team Programme also works with young people
If you are a young person who is unemployed, unexcited and
unsure of your future, the Team Programme will get you
going. It's free and will not affect those who are on
Jobseeker's Allowance. It's the ideal course for young people whose
lack of confidence or qualifications are holding them back from
taking that next step onto their career pathway.
As part of the Team Programme, you will:
The course is aimed at helping the NEET groups to develop the
skills needed to become employable and to increase their confidence
in applying for jobs and going for interviews.
It will enable you to get:
The Prince’s Trust Team programme is a sure thing. It’s been
going for over 20 years now and to date is rolled out in over 300
locations around the UK. Statistically more than 70% of unemployed
participants go on to jobs, further education, apprenticeships or
training once they’ve completed their 12 weeks. With a new found
determination and self awareness, they are armed with the knowledge
of what is on offer to them and how they can go about applying for
these opportunities such as voluntary work abroad, work experience,
apprenticeships, training schemes and jobs.
The teams run through delivery partner South Thames College
(STC) start every 3 months in January, May and September so
you are never far away from starting the course if you are
If signing up to one of the 8 teams run through STC you are
entitled to getting your travel expenses and apply for a student
The Prince’s Wandsworth team is based at The Penfold Centre, 1
Neville Gill Close, London SW18 3DP.
There is a brand new team base at the STC Tooting Campus which
has it’s next team start date on the 24th September.
The Wandsworth branch of the Prince's Trust has been running for
over 10 years and is currently on its 49th Team. They have
successfully helped over 450 young people through the 12 week
programme and continue to do so with as much enthusiasm and vigour
as they have from the start.
As a proud member of the Wandsworth 27 team, I can say
the programme has truly changed my life. Since completing the
programme, I have managed to pay off my debts and am now
employed by STC to deliver the Team Programme.
I gained so much confidence and was able to realise my true
potential. I also found that I liked the idea of doing work that
helps to improve the community that I’m from, which I would never
have really considered had I not done the programme myself.
If you are young person not in employment or education, live in
South London and would like to sign up for the next team or would
like some further information about the Prince’s Trust Team
programme Wandsworth, please call:
Stella Bell-Gam 0208 874 4679/07775 022 297.
For information about the Tooting Team, please call Darran
O’Grady 020 8918 7506/07794 011 414.
More information is available on the The
Wandsworth Prince's Trust Facebook page (link opens in a new
If you live in other parts of the UK, see the Prince's
Trust Courses page for training opportunities for young people in
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