A traditional Prince’s Trust Team 12 week format has been adapted by The Bedford College Group to meet Covid changes.
The new model piloted during 2020, saw young people take a four-week online course, followed by a face-to-face course when the colleges opened up in the September term, leading to a qualification. That pattern was repeated in 2021 with four-week courses in January and March, and then face-to face-activities when Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire college campuses re-opened.
Delivered by The Bedford College Group staff from Bedford, Northampton North and Northampton South, Kettering and Wellingborough, the new model Teams of ten completed 80 hours of the programme over the initial four week period.
The Prince’s Trust courses, pioneered by Tresham College in Northants, now run across the whole Group, have proven a fresh start for many young people aged 16+ who have fallen out of education or not succeeded in employment. Often depressed, or disadvantaged, these young people go on to college courses or employment.
During the extended periods of isolation suffered by teens and twenties during Covid, these challenges have been exaggerated.
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