The Team programme has been one of Inspire Suffolk's most successful programmes since it began back in January 2008. Working in partnership with the Prince’s Trust, Lowestoft and West Suffolk College, Ipswich Town Football Club (through Inspire Suffolk) became the first Football Club in the country to become a direct delivery partner of this programme.
A few years on and Inspire Suffolk has seen over 240 young people complete the programme at Ipswich, with the majority going on to further education or employment.
The Team Programme which is completely free to those who take part, works to develop the lives of unemployed 16 to 18 year olds living in the Ipswich and Sudbury area or 16-25 year olds in Lowestoft, by offering support to those looking to make positive life decisions, helping them to improve their confidence and move on to new opportunities.
Taking place over 12-weeks, the programme is made up of variety of activities to help those involved reach their ultimate goals whether it is gaining experience in the workplace or confidence and self-esteem. Activities include a residential military experience trip, fundraising, helping organisations and charities in the local community, Interview advice, how to write a CV and two weeks of work experience.
After the three months, each member of the Team is required to take part in a graduation presentation to complete the course. Families are invited to listen to the experiences and memories of each individual who took part and what they hope to go on and achieve.
Following the success of the Team Programme run at Ipswich, Inspire Suffolk have extended the initiative to the Lowestoft and West Suffolk area.
Lowestoft and West Suffolk College working in partnership with the Prince's Trust
For more information about the Team Programme in Ipswich please contact Andy Crump on 0845 1369 333.