Unemployed youths complete charity challenge

UNEMPLOYED young people on a Prince s Trust course in Stevenage – aimed at improving their chances of getting a job – finish the 12-week programme today (Thursday). The Prince s Trust is one of The Comet s charities of the year, and the youth charity work

UNEMPLOYED young people on a Prince's Trust course in Stevenage - aimed at improving their chances of getting a job - finish the 12-week programme today (Thursday).

The Prince's Trust is one of The Comet's charities of the year, and the youth charity works with young people who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed, or have been in trouble with the law.

Work is done to address problems holding these people back, and practical and financial support is given to help them into work, training or education.

To mark the end of their course, the 14 young people on The Prince's Trust Team programme will attend a presentation today (Thursday) at St Peter's Church, on Willow Way in Stevenage.

They will be awarded a City and Guilds level one qualification in personal teamwork and community skills, and will speak to an audience about how the course has changed their lives, and what they plan to do with their futures.

The programme has included a CV and interview skills workshop, work experience, and a community challenge in the form of a family fun day.

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Prince's Trust team leader, Lucy Tobias, said: "They took part in a family fun day at Pin Green Community Centre, where the team members were manning stalls, selling raffle tickets, and were on hand to support the smooth-running of the day."

Team member, Nicola Fensom, said: "I enjoyed the opportunity to work in a retail environment, which I am looking for, and have been offered an interview with Primark where I completed my work placement."

The next programme starts on Monday, May 24. If you are interested in joining, call Lucy Tobias on 07779 298283 or The Prince's Trust's regional office in Stevenage on 01438 730520.