THE Northern Regional College is pleased to announce that the Prince’s Trust Programme will now be offered to young people in the Antrim area.
The programme will commence from March 4 and will run from the Women’s Aid Centre, Grace House, 17 Fountain Street, Antrim.
The course is open to all young people aged 16-25 years who are not currently in full-time education, training or employment.
Students on the programme will participate in outdoor pursuits, team building projects, planning and community projects, have the opportunity to gain experience within a work placement, develop their skills in preparing CV’s, job applications, interview skills and obtain career advice.
Speaking about the programme at a presentation to Jobs & Benefits staff in Antrim, Charlotte Crothers, a former NRC student, outlined the benefits of her experience and how she had gone from unemployed to now working as an Ambassador with the Prince’s Trust.
She said: “The Princes Trust programme gave me the confidence and motivation to pursue a career in youth work and provided me with the opportunity of a better future.
“My favourite part of the course was my two week work placement in the YMCA Parents and Kids together (PAKT). Since completing my work placement I have also now started to volunteer in the Y.M.C.A one to two nights a week. The programme enabled me to establish a passion for youth work and this is now my chosen career.”
Upon completion of her programme, Charlotte was accepted onto the Springboard Wider Horizons Youth Work & Community Development course where she traavelled to Cape Town, South Africa for a six week community work project.
She then progressed and accepted an unpaid post as volunteer with the Princes Trust and in January 2013 she took up her new role as a paid ambassador.
NRC Lecturer Martina Smith said: “We are delighted to offer the young people in the Antrim area the opportunity to participate in this programme. The course is free to the student and it does not affect a young person’s benefits.
“We ensure that the programme is delivered in a fun and interactive way, while challenging at the same time.”
For further information on this programme at NRC you can contact Martina Smith on 07515169401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can download further information from the website at www.nrc.ac.uk