In a recent review, Ofsted has described Groundwork’s delivery of the Prince’s Trust Team Programme as “inspirational project”.
As part of the review carried out in March 2018, an Oftsed Inspector visited the Prince’s Trust programme in Leigh, and cited it as a real positive within the inspection feedback. Wigan and Leigh College also described the quality assurance information provided by Groundwork as ‘exemplary’.
The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is a free 16 week personal development course for people aged 16-25. It's a once in a lifetime experience and ensures that most participants enter employment, education or training within three months of completion.
Groundwork’s recruitment, retention and achievement statistics for the Prince’s Trust Team Programme have improved year on year over the past 3 years. The Ofsted report said ‘there is no doubt the programmes and most importantly the leaders are changing young people’s lives’.
Before completing the programme, 19 year old Jack Lucas was homeless, unemployed and suffered from anxiety. Jack now has his own accommodation and a full-time job at an activity centre where he works to support other young people. He recently won a national Prince’s Trust award and has been described as ‘an inspiration to other young people’. (see above for image of Jack collecting his award from Laura Whitmore, Caroline Flack and Ian Stuart, CEO of HSBC)
My life has now come full-circle thanks to Groundwork and the Prince’s Trust. I’ve made new friends, my health and my confidence have improved massively and I’m really enjoying my new job.
Colin Greenhalgh, Director of Employment and Skills said; “Groundwork is all about changing places and changing lives and we deliver a number of programmes like the Prince’s Trust that make a huge difference to people and communities. We are delighted that both the quality and the impact of the work that we do has been recognised by Ofsted.”
Groundwork CLM currently delivers the Prince’s Trust Team Programme in Blackpool, Chorley, Leigh, Southport, Warrington and Wigan, with the next series of programmes beginning in May.