Posted: Tuesday 1st August 2017
Sixteen young people in Hatfield have successfully completed The Prince’s Trust Team programme, run by Hertfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service.
The programme is a 12 week personal development course that helps unemployed 16-25 year olds develop the skills and experience, along with the confidence and motivation, to find work or go on to further education or training.
All the candidates have now achieved a recognised Prince’s Trust qualification, which they were presented with at a ceremony on Wednesday at The Fielder Centre in Hatfield in front of friends and family members.
One of the people taking part, Natasha Metcalfe, 18, said: “When I started the course, I was in a bad state of mind. I wasn’t looking for work and in fact I wasn’t doing anything.
“I would encourage more people to do this course, as this has changed my life for the better.”
Also completing the course was 23-year-old Alex Barr from Welwyn Garden City, who was unemployed and struggling to find a job before the course.
“This course has offered me so much,” he said. “I have been given opportunities to show my leadership skills and this has boosted my confidence. This has given me a brand new direction into law enforcement.”
The Prince’s Trust programme involves:
• a residential team-building week
• a community project
• interview and presentation skills
• help with CV writing
• help with gaining work experience placements and references.
Many of the young people will now pursue college courses, continue with work experience and volunteering placements, and some will take up job offers and apprenticeships they secured while on the programme.
This Hatfield-based team programme is just one of several the county council’s fire service has run in partnership with the Prince’s Trust. Three more programmes have also taken place in Hatfield, Stevenage/North Herts and Cheshunt. For more information, or to apply for the next programme, please see: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/princestrust