UKSE

Community

14 October 2019

Project overview.

  • Case Study Type: Community
  • Activity: Supporting youth development and business skills
  • Region: North

At Stockton Riverside College and Redcar and Cleveland College, a Prince’s Trust project has helped hundreds of young unemployed people from Teesside get a foot on the jobs ladder.

Aged from 16 to 25, some have been unable to find a first job, others have struggled at school or missed out on developing employment skills. The 12-week Prince’s Trust Team Programme gives them work experience, a residential trip, help with job application and interview skills and the challenge of carrying out a hands-on community project.

Three out of four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into a job, training or further education. Stockton Riverside College and Redcar and Cleveland College are part of the Education Training Collective.

"We are so grateful for the long-standing relationship we have with UKSE - everyone is so enthusiastic as well as generous with money and their time. The funds pay for the materials but the learning experience of presenting their project to UKSE is also hugely valuable."
Gillian Hutchinson, Head of Dept, Stockton Riverside College.

How we helped.

We’ve donated a total of £58,000 helping more than 50 teams pay for the materials and equipment they need to run their projects.

Not only do the projects develop vital business skills for the teams, they’re designed to support the local community too. Projects we’ve backed have included decorating and improving community centres, organising sporting and drama activities and even providing food to assist people who are homeless. Many of these community projects are aimed at helping, victims of abuse, young carers, adults with learning difficulties and children.

We also run a Dragons Den-style panel to hear the young people present their ideas, encouraging communication, teamwork, as well as budgeting and presentation skills.

The results.

Recruitment

Hundreds of unemployed young people helped into jobs

Community

Fifty community projects helping local people

Future projects

The College now uses the successful Dragons Den-style idea for other projects too