New training is available with The Prince’s Trust

Members of the Prince's Trust team
Members of the Prince's Trust team

A charity which supports young people not in full-time employment, education or training is offering new training opportunities in the spring.

The Prince’s Trust is inviting potential new team members to a taster day on April 30 at Sussex Coast College.

The organisation helps 16- to 25-year-olds who may be living with a range of issues from homelessness to teenage pregnancy. They may be low on confidence, wish to gain new skills or face new challenges.

The programme is full-time and runs over 12 to 14 weeks.

Team leader Andy Dukes said: “Nationally, more than 70% of team members will be in work, education or training within three months of completing the programme. It is my ambition to improve yet more on this figure in Hastings.”

So far, the Hastings Prince’s Trust Team has worked with 32 young people, through a partnership with Sussex Coast College.

Members have gone on to work placements, training and education across Hastings and East Sussex, ranging from engineering to care work, mechanical apprenticeships to trainee security work, and functional skills to A-levels.

One student, Syd Moffat-Bailey, joined the Prince’s Trust Team and found full-time employment following a work experience placement with Triangle Fire Systems.

Andy said: “Syd is a great character. He had a tough time at school, coming away with no real qualifications, and he initially joined the Prince’s Trust just so he could play football for Sussex Coast College. This all changed from day one.

“During the team programme, he completed a work placement for Triangle Fire Systems, based in the North Ridge Industrial Site.

“They liked Syd so much that they wanted to take him on straight away. He is now enjoying working and training, as an engineer. This is thanks to the wonderful Triangle Fire team and many other supportive employers.”

Syd said: “Joining the Prince’s Trust Team was a great step for me. I now have a reason to get up every day and I have even managed to buy my own car. I would recommend anyone to join the team and see how it can change your life for the better.”

Andy said: “Following the great success of the first two teams, our Team 3 commences on May 4. During the week beginning April 27 potential team members will be invited to interview and to our taster day on Thursday, April 30.”

Anyone interested should contact Andy Dukes or Helen Bowler, Prince’s Trust Team Leaders on 01424 458544/01424 458462, or 07517 796566, or email ADukes@sussexcoast.ac.uk or HBowler@sussexcoast.ac.uk.