Young people helped by The Prince's Trust

Published: 12 Apr 2017


Ten 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 (Wednesday 5 April) at Hatfield House, in front of friends and family members.

One of the people taking part, Abdulrahman Ali, said: “I have got so much out of the course, especially getting involved and challenging myself. It’s had a massive impact on my life, from learning new skills, and improving the ones I already had. This includes helping me and others learn to take control of their lives and also be responsible for my actions.

“Everyone can achieve anything they want to. Don’t stop chasing your dream.”

Abdulrahman now hopes to give something back, by becoming a tutor or a mentor to help other people who were in the same position as him.

Also completing the course was 19-year-old Georgia Garrod who had previously had two jobs in a special needs school. When she found herself out of employment, she said her self-esteem hit “rock-bottom”.

She said: “The Prince’s Trust course was a lifeline for me. I was so petrified about starting but looking back, I think to myself why on earth did I get so worked up over something that has literally changed my life and has bettered me as an individual.

“The best part of the course for me was the community project and the two week work placement where I enhanced my skills of working with special needs.

“I now feel confident when I say I have a future, and the future I have is a bright one.”

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 or 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 Watford, Stevenage  and Cheshunt. For more information, or to apply for the next programme, please see: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/princestrust