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Foundation Learning - The Prince’s Trust Award and Certificate in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills at Wakefield College

Course description

Aimed at people aged between 16 and 25, the qualification is free and will not affect your Jobseeker's Allowance. It aims to:
• allow learners to learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment
• prepare learners for further education programmes, apprenticeships and other work-based learning
• provide valuable work experience
• provide learners with opportunities to develop their English and mathematics skills

Course content

Day 1: Meet new people
Don’t worry about turning up on your own – there’ll be about 12 people joining and everyone will be in the same situation. It’ll be informal and there’ll be plenty of activities so you’ll soon feel part of things.
Week 1: Take action
Over this week, you’ll start planning for the weeks ahead – setting out what you want to achieve and finding out how to get your qualifications. You’ll also be planning for a week away.
Week 2: New experiences
You’ll spend this week away – trying new things and learning how to work with others. This gives you a chance to break away from your current situation. The sort of things you could do include canoeing, climbing, raft-building and much more!
Weeks 3-6: Something to talk about
As a Team, you’ll decide on a project to benefit your local community and carry it out. You might be surprised at what you can achieve together. This gives you great experience to talk about at interviews.
Weeks 7-8: Work placements
This is the time to see how the skills you’ve developed so far can help you in the workplace. It’s also a great chance to try out a type of work, or company, to see if you like it.
Week 9: Plan for the future
Time to plan your next steps after the programme. You’ll get help to write a fantastic CV, practise your interview skills and make applications.
Weeks 10-11: Meet the challenge
You and your Team will take on a challenge to help others in the community. This is when you get to test out all the skills you’ll have worked on so far.
Week 12: Have your say
In your final week, you’ll deliver a presentation with your Team to an invited audience. This is your chance to show off the talents you’ve discovered! This may sound scary now, but after 12 weeks on Team you’ll be surprised at how far you’ve come.

Entry requirements

N/A – informal interview with Prince’s Trust Team Leader and attendance at Taster Day.


Students will build a Prince's Trust portfolio of evidence based on their new experiences as they progress through the 12 week course.

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, and residentials, which are payable by all students.
Any student registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and subsequently withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost.
Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course
For more detailed information on financial support please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304

Future opportunities

This programme is designed to encourage participants into further study in an academic or vocational area that interests them or to enter employment.

The Team Programme provides participants with added confidence, increased interpersonal skills and a nationally recognised qualification. In many cases young people progress into mainstream college courses or employment.

Further information

If you require further information please contact:

School staff should contact the 14-16 Unit on 01924 789742.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 15 May 2019
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