Achieving their personal best - Puma Energy Foundation
THE PRINCE’S TRUST – WALES
Wales is home to the UK’s highest population of ‘NEETS’ – young people who are not in employment, education or training. Many disadvantaged youth on the programme may have been in care, excluded from school or faced homelessness, mental health problems or been in trouble with the law.
Founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1976, The Prince’s Trust provides a full-time, three-month personal development course where students get involved with community projects and work experience placements. They receive tips on interview techniques and CV writing. They can also take a qualification, increasing their employability and preparing them for the next step.
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KEY ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE PRINCE’S TRUST WALES
In 2016, 242 people completed the Team programme in Wales. Motivational Team courses include a two week work experience placement, a residential trip and a local community project. 94% of participants progressed into the positive outcome of employment, education or volunteering, and 25% moved straight into employment.
Phil Jones, Director of The Prince’s Trust Cymru, says, “The aim of the Team programme is to help young people overcome personal barriers and to move into positive and sustainable progression opportunities, including further education, employment and apprenticeships. The support of Puma Energy Foundation has allowed the Team programme to continue to achieve this aim and to reach more and more young people in South West Wales. Puma Energy Foundation is pivotal to the growth of the programme in the area and is quite simply changing young people’s lives for the better.”