YOUNG people are being encouraged to give themselves the best chance of a move into a career by signing up to a new personal development course.
The 12-week Prince’s Trust course launches in Hartlepool on Monday, September 24, and is open to young people aged between 16 and 25.
The sessions, which have been running in town for the past seven years, can cater for up to 20 people but so far only about six have signed up.
Those that sign up need to be available Monday to Friday between 9am and 4.30pm.
It starts with an induction week before a one-week out-of-bounds residential and a four week community project.
Participants will then take part in mock interviews, learn to write a CV and various team challenges.
There will be a final presentation in week 12 at Hartlepool United Football Club, in Clarence Road.
Simone Ward, academic course leader, said: “This is a great opportunity for young people to develop new skills which will best prepare them for the world of work, or further education or a training opportunity.
“The programme has been very popular in the past and we would encourage more people to sign up.
“Figures show that 70 per cent of young people that complete a Prince’s Trust course move into some form of education, employment or training.”
The sessions are held in Hartlepool at the youth development unit at Stranton Fire Station, in Stockton Street.
Those that take part won’t lose any benefits and bus fares are paid.
For more information, call the Prince’s Trust team in Hartlepool on (01429) 235817 or 07553 367543.