How does it help?
More than 70% of unemployed participants go on to jobs, training
or education within three months of completing.
Through building their confidence and motivation, Team members
are encouraged to think about their futures; this includes
preparing a post-programme development plan. During the 12 weeks
- Uncover hidden talents
- Assume some responsibility for tasks
- Develop team-working and communication skills
- Gain awareness of their local community and how they can
contribute to it
- Gain nationally recognised qualifications
How does it work?
Young people join a team of up to 15 participants. A team
typically comprises around 12 unemployed people and one or two
employed people sponsored by their employers.
During the 12 week programme, Team members:
- Spend a week away at a residential activity centre
- Undertake a project based in their local community
- Complete a work placement
- Participate in a team challenge, involving caring for
- Stage a team presentation, during which they recount their
Who is eligible?
Young people aged 16 – 25:
- Especially if they are part of The Trust’s other target groups,
which are: people leaving care, young offenders, educational
underachievers and the long term unemployed
What do employees gain?
A massive boost in skills and confidence. A recent survey
- 90% felt they could work more effectively with others in a
- 84% reported they would be more willing to take responsibility
for projects in the future
- Over 115,000 people have taken part since the programme was
launched in 1990
- The programme is available at over 300 locations in England,
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland