Prince’s Trust scheme a big boost to isles pupils who took part

Almost 80 per cent of S4 pupils in Shetland who took part in a Prince’s Trust alternative learning programme designed to boost confidence and self-esteem have positively benefited from the experience, according to independent research.

Of those completing The Prince’s Trust Scotland’s xlerate with xl programme, 79 per cent have stayed on at school or gone into further or higher education, voluntary work, employment or training.

The programme currently operates at Anderson High School, helping to improve communication and team working skills of young people. The figures were collated by independent career advice agency, Careers Scotland.

Since its launch in 1999, the trust’s xl programme has helped over 58,000 young people across the UK to overcome barriers to learning, develop skills and re-engage with their school and education, allowing them to make the most of their time at school, boost their motivation and develop skills for the world of work. The programme helps young people to become more confident and more likely to succeed in their studies and play a positive role in their communities.

Commenting on the findings, Geraldine Gammell, director of The Prince’s Trust Scotland, said: “Early intervention is vitally important for young people to improve their learning experience and prepare them for life after school. These positive statistics are testament to that working and I look forward to continuing to work in partnership with the Shetland Islands Council where our combined expertise will help young people to achieve their full potential.”

Helen Budge, head of the school service, said: “I am delighted that Shetland young people are taking part in the xl programme.”

The Prince’s Trust Scotland has helped more than 60,000 young people gain skills and find work since 1976, and continues to support 100 more young people every day across the UK.

The Trust works with 14 to 25 year olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law.


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