Young people look to the future on course

Young people from Spalding and Holbeach who are doing a 12-week personal development programme with the Prince's Trust.
Young people from Spalding and Holbeach who are doing a 12-week personal development programme with the Prince's Trust.

A 12-week training programme for young people eager to take their next steps in life is making its mark in South Holland.

The Prince’s Trust personal development programme is currently running with 14 young people from the area, aged between 16-25, who are developing their communication, job hunting and problem solving skills through a range of activities.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is leading the programme on behalf of the Prince’s Trust and the young people are currently painting and redecorating rooms at Hovenden House Nursing Home in Fleet.

Bob Buck, the programme’s deputy team leader, said: “The idea of the course is to improve the employability skills of young people from a very diverse range of backgrounds and get them used to the discipline needed for work or training.

“We started with team building where the group went away on a residential trip that included abseiling, climbing and orienteering.

“They then did a fundraising bagpack at Morrisons Supermarket in Pinchbeck to help pay for a two-week community project at Hovenden House.

“Some of them have taken to the course like a duck to water, but others who’ve never worked before are finding it a bit more difficult.”

Once their work at Hovenden House ends this week, the young people will each go on two-week work experience placements in charity shops, nurseries and other potential employers in the area.

The course concludes with a Next Steps week where the group work on their CVs, letter writing and interview skills before a final presentation of their work in front of family and friends.

Bob said: “If they really go for it, it might result in a job offer for some of them.”

For more details on the programme, call Bob on 07786 173126.