YOUNGSTERS who aren’t in education or employment are being given another chance at achieving their potential thanks to the Prince’s Trust.
A 12-week programme aims to help them discover the next step they would like to take in life.
Their learning includes an Outward Bound course to build team spirit and build confidence, and a fortnight’s work placement.
Jennifer Laws, 20, of Burns Street, had been struggling to find work in childcare before joining the Prince’s Trust Programme, which is run in partnership with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.
She said: “I did a placement with Trinity Day Nursery and I really enjoyed it and it’s made me more confident.”
“Childcare is definitely what I want to do so I am going back to college to do my level three qualification.”
Jamie Wills, 19, of Aisby Walk, was unemployed after losing his painting and decorating job.
He is now heading in a different direction after deciding to join the Army.
He said: “I will hopefully be joining up this year. I’m looking forward to it because I’ll be the first person in my family to do it.”
Nineteen-year-old Emma Nash, 17, of Pingle Close, had to leave college where she was studying for her A levels, because of a problem with depression.
“My therapist suggested that it might help me to do something like this and it has helped.”
“I would recommend it to anyone, I am so much more confident. I am going back to college in September to study beauty therapy.”
David Bury, 20, of Wellington Street, has also had a change of career direction.
He studied mechanics at Lincoln College, but when he finished there were no jobs to go to.
He said: “I’ve been signing on since September but the Jobcentre told me about the Prince’s Trust.”
The course is held in a Portakabin in the grounds of Gainsborough Fire Station.
Progamme team leader Lorraine Espin-Hempsall is employed by Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.
She said this was the first year they were running two courses, because they had been so successful.
“A lot of the programmes are delivered by fire authorities because it fits in with our mission statement for working in the community, and we have the facilities,” she said.
“Being from the fire service can also open doors when we are talking to people about what we do.”
The programme is aimed at 16 to 25-year-olds who are not in employment, education or training.
“They complete a folder of work but it’s not all facts and figures, it’s about real life things and about your personality. We give advice on applying for jobs and applying for college.”
“We find that the 19 to 21-year-olds are the ones that really struggle to get help before they come to us because the younger ones are still being helped by other agencies.”
“We have young people with learning disabilities and difficulties and we do basic skills testing.”
The next Prince’s Trust programme will begin in September. To find out more call Kim Jones on 01522 582285.