Young people in Stevenage helped with vital job skills

Published: 21 Apr 2017

Ten young people in Stevenage 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 12 April) at Longfield Training and Development Centre, Stevenage, in front of friends and family members.

One of the people taking part, Chanelle Gutteridge, 17, said: “Before the programme I lacked motivation and wasn’t passionate about anything. I spent the majority of the time walking the streets with my friends or sleeping.

“My favourite part about the course has been my work placement, where I assisted Youth Workers with the YMCA. I found it such a great opportunity and I learnt so much.

“Throughout the 12 weeks there has been a massive change within myself and where my future is heading. I feel more confident and excited for what the future holds.”

Now the course has finished Chanelle plans to sign up for a health and social care course at college and will continue to volunteer.

Also completing the course was 19-year-old Reece Long, who, after finishing college wasn’t sure what to do next. His confidence was knocked after several unsuccessful job applications.

He said: “My sister saw a poster for the course and recommended it to me. I was a bit unsure of whether or not to apply but I spoke to the team leaders and signed up hoping this would get me back on track.

“The course has given me the motivation to start looking for work again. I’ve grown in confidence and I’m ready to take on the next challenge in life and not look back.”

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 Stevenage-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, Watford and Cheshunt. For more information, or to apply for the next programme, please see: