Prince’s Trust Team Programme

Team programme is one of Inspire Suffolk’s most successful programmes. Taking place over 12 weeks, the programme supports NEET (not in employment, education or training) young people between the ages of 16-25 living across Suffolk.

Working in partnership with East Coast College, Easton&Otley College, and Suffolk New College, Inspire Suffolk has delivered this nationally recognised qualification to over 60 teams of young people, that’s over 900 young people! Inspire Suffolk’s programme has been recognised by The Prince’s Trust as ‘Outstanding’ and in the last 24 months, we have seen over 75% of our young people move into further education, employment or training on completion.

We have programmes that take place in and around Ipswich, Lowestoft, Haverhill, Stowmarket, Colchester, Newmarket, Leiston, Otley and Sudbury. Our programmes are made up of various activities designed to increase self-confidence, motivation and self-esteem, all which play a key part in helping young people find positive sustainable outcomes.


Find out below about the different elements that make up our Team programme experience:

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Week 1: Take action

In your first week, you’ll start planning for the programme ahead – setting out what you want to achieve on Team and finding out how you will get your qualification. You’ll also be planning for a 4-day residential experience.

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 a 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 whether 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, practice 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.



Where can I join a course and when do they run?

Programme Start Dates: Next programme
Ipswich 24th September 2018
Sudbury 24th September 2018
Lowestoft – Colville House 1st October 2018
Stowmarket 17th September 2018
Colchester 1st October 2018
Chelmsford 1st October 2018

How can I join a programme near me?

If you are interested in enrolling in one of our programmes or know a young person that may benefit from this 12-week experience, please contact the relevant Team Leaders in your area:



Referrals can be made directly to our team leaders who will be happy to help all young people complete our sign up form. Alternatively please contact our Head Office on 01473 353 194 who will be able to support you with any enquiries. 

How long are the courses?

All of our programmes run over the course of 12 weeks and young people will be required to attend Monday – Friday (excluding public holidays). A normal day on team runs from 9:30 –15:30pm.

What qualification will I receive?

All young people that complete the programme will receive a Prince’s Trust Certificate in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills. This certificate can be completed at entry level, level 1 or level 2.

What have others achieved on the programme?

In the last 12 months, 79% of our young people have moved into a sustainable outcome finding employment, enrolling onto college courses, starting an apprenticeship or going into voluntary work. For more information on individual successes go to our who we help page.

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If you would like to express an interest in our Prince’s Trust Team programme, fill in your details below and specify the location you’re interested in and our relevant Team Leader will be in touch.