A COURSE aiming to turn youngsters’ lives around will return to Daventry for a second year after a successful first term.
The Prince’s Trust team programme has so far helped 36 people in the district aged 16 to 25.
The aim of the 12-week course is to improve employment and education opportunities through a range of activities and challenges.
These include spending a week away at a residential activity centre, undertaking a project in the community, completing a work placement and participating in a team challenge.
The course is particularly aimed at people leaving care, young offenders, educational underachievers and the long-term unemployed.
Last week the third team to complete the programme in Daventry held their final presentation at the iCon building.
The youngsters have been based at the scout hut off Northern Way.
Daventry team leader Matt Ottley said: “We’ve been doing it for a year in Daventry and have had 36 youngsters on the course now.
“It’s been a real success so far. There was talk about us not being here next year but we have now had it confirmed that we can continue in Daventry for another year which is fantastic.
“So far we have had 12 people on each course but we are hoping to get 15 or 16 people on the next courses, which run from September.”
The programme in Daventry has led to some of the youngsters returning to education or gaining employment.
Nationally, more than 70 per cent of unemployed participants on the Prince’s Trust scheme go on to jobs, training or educat- ion within three months of completing.
Mr Ottley added: “We’ve got one girl going to Nepal to do a six-month volunteer project which is great.
“We’ve also got a few people who are going back to college full-time and others who are going to do their A-Levels again.
“And a couple of the youngsters we’ve had have found full-time jobs, one at Whilton Mill and one at Blockbusters.
“I’ve had others who have been on the course telling me they’ve managed to stay out of trouble since completing the programme, which is a big improvement in itself for some people.
“The support from the community has been superb too and we are hoping to get involved in some really big projects in Daventry in future.”