Dragons partnership helps young people ‘Get Started’
In Wales, The Prince’s Trust Cymru has teamed up with the Newport Gwent Dragons Community to run ‘Get Started with Rugby’ programme designed to engage and develop unemployed young people through sport, by developing skills to help them enter the world of work.
The ‘Get Started’ programmes targets 15 young people at a time and is open to unemployed 16-25 year olds. It comprises of a week of activities and challenges such as coaching sessions, first aid training, leadership skills, tag leader award and other team-building activities. At the end of the week, participants show increased motivation and confidence and improved employability skills alongside teamwork, reliability and communication skills.
Community Manager at the Newport Gwent Dragons, Mike Sage said: “We are really pleased to be working with The Prince’s Trust and believe that this programme gives young unemployed people a fantastic opportunity to develop skills and confidence as well as employability skills.
“The programme is informative, action-packed and fun and increases participants self-esteem. Teamwork is essential in rugby and the work place so they
learn to build relationships with others and work as part of a team.”
The Prince’s Trust helps change young lives. The Trust works with young people who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law.
In Wales, 3,500 young people are supported each year through its programmes. More than three in four young people supported by The Trust move into work, education or training.