Prince’s Trust near project finale

Kirsty, Keith, Bryan & Jacqueline.
Kirsty, Keith, Bryan & Jacqueline.

The Prince’s Trust in Peterhead is making final preparations ahead of its “Final Presentation” in which scores of young people will see 12 weeks of hard work recognised.

The programme offered by the Prince’s Trust aims to support 45 young people who are between 16 and 25 years of age and from Peterhead and the surrounding areas.

The 12-week programme includes a two-week work placement, a community project and a residential week. As well as hands-on activities, those involved get the chance to improve their employability skills through mock interviews and CV writing.

The participants also come out of the process with formal SQA qualifications at the end of the sixty-day period.

The projects run by the Prince’s Trust have a retention rate of 87%. Within three months of completing the programme, three-quarters of those who took part are in either education, employment or training.

Jacqueline Finnie, who joined one of the PT teams, has now returned to the organisation as a volunteer assistant. She commented: “Being part of the Prince’s Trust certainly pushes you out of your comfort zone. But it’s such a happy environment. Bryan is always there to listen and help. I would definitely recommend it to other young people”.

Bryan Mackay, who is a Prince’s Trust Team Leader in Peterhead, has delivered nine teams since he started work with the organisation in 2006. Commenting on the work of Prince’s Trust, he said: “We’re really looking forward to the Final Presentations in early August, it is a very special time for everyone involved.

“The families and friends of everyone who has been part of the team come along to the event. This time, the Presentations will be held at the Palace Hotel and we can expect up to 200 people to be there.

“The 12-week programme we offer is packed. As well as building soft skills such as confidence and communication, the young people involved work towards recognised qualifications and improve their employability. It’s a fantastic opportunity”.

The next Prince‘s Trust team in Peterhead will start on September 17. More information can be found at the Prince’s Trust or Aberdeen Foyer websites.