It’s half term week and students and teaching staff are taking a well earned break from the classrooms and workshops.
But what happens to those for whom life hasn’t turned out for the best, where they find themselves still looking for a job, or where they just can’t settle back into academic studies?
The half term holidays can be a turning point for some young people when their plans haven’t worked out.
As the weeks slip by, it can become increasingly difficult for young people to make the changes they need to secure their future.
But help is on hand at Wirral Met College in the form of Prince’s Trust Team programmes!
The Prince’s Trust Team courses are 12 week courses offered to those aged 16 to 25.
The courses include a project within the local community, a residential trip in North Wales, individual work placements and a team challenge, all of which help them to prepare for work.
By mixing with new people and making new friends, young people can develop their confidence and motivation.
The courses provide help with job-hunting, writing a CV and presentation skills.
Those taking part really enjoy the projects as they enable them to make a real difference in their local community.
The success of these programmes speaks volumes, as many progress onto full-time courses, training or jobs.
Within the past year, students have gone onto courses in Art, Health and Social Care and Employability Plus.
Others have gained jobs as a result of completing work experience on the programme.
But don’t take our word for it – find out from those who have completed the Prince’s Trust Team programmes inour panel, top right.
Wirral Met College works in partnership with a number of employers, many of whom provide work placements for students.
The benefits to employers are also clear, as they value young people who have gained work experience and are prepared for work.
In a recent research report published by City & Guilds (who are the awarding body for some of Wirral Met College’s other courses), many employers stated that a lack of work experience was a more pressing concern than a lack of academic qualifications; over half would hire someone without a degree, and core skills including numeracy, literacy and communication are particularly valuable to them.
Work experience was shown to be of particular importance, with 80% of respondents saying that it is essential to prepare young people for work.
Work experience has been proven to increase young people's employability; half of businesses said they have employed someone who has done work experience for them, compared with only 28% recruiting from a graduate placement scheme.
Faith Everest, College Manager for Community Engagement & Development, manages the Prince’s Trust Team programmes and said: “These programmes are very effective in helping those not in employment, education or training to get back on track and find jobs, or progress onto gaining skills and qualifications for their chosen career.
“The Prince’s Trust projects benefit the individuals on the course and their local communities, so everyone the success of these programmes is far reaching.”
For more details of the Prince’s Trust Team programmes, visit wmc.ac.uk/courses and ‘Preparation for Work’, or call their Student Advisers on 0151 551 7777.