Every year DCCT supports the Prince’s Trust on its “Get Started” and “Team” Programmes.
Around one in five young people in the UK are not in work, education or training. Youth unemployment costs the UK economy £10m a day in lost productivity, while youth crime costs £1bn every year. The Prince’s Trust addresses this by giving practical and financial support to the young people who need it most by helping to develop key skills, confidence and motivation, enabling young people to move into work, education or training.
The Team Programme is a 12-week course for young people aged 16 to 25 years who are unemployed and develops practical skills, self-belief and help with getting a job. DCCT supports two of these projects per year in a number of ways including help with fundraising events, providing a venue and staff for mock job interviews, hosting presentation events, working on team challenges that benefit the local community and providing first team players for events and activities.
Get Started helps young people that are unemployed and aged 16 to 25 years who want to develop new skills, build confidence and have fun. Participants receive an intensive week of activities and qualifications run by professional football coaches and tutors as well as opportunities to make new friends and get help and support after the course is over.
DCCT provides Get Started participants with the opportunity to gain the FA Junior Football Leader award as well as the FA Emergency Aid certificate plus the voluntary leadership experience of working with young footballers on DCCT holiday coaching schemes. This programme has provided a great deal of success over the years with many young people progressing to gain the FA Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Football and into part-time paid employment with DCCT.