THE Trust’s 19-day summer course is geared to personal development, focusing particularly on the transition into adulthood.

In an ever-more competitive world, the award seeks to help young people stand out amongst their peers.

To celebrate the Trust’s 75th anniversary, it’s offering 200 scholarships for the Skills for Life Award in summer 2017.

Joanna Tomlinson achieved her award last year and came away with greater confidence to try new things.

“I think everyone should do this,” she explained. “At the end, you feel so positive that you’ve managed to do things you wouldn’t normally do!”

How does it work?

Experienced instructors guide participants through personal coaching sessions as well as team activities.

Challenges are designed to develop confidence, emotional intelligence, leadership, communication and team-working skills.

Youngsters leave with their own 12-month action plan to help them progress after they have achieved their award.

In addition to knowing her award would help her stand out in her university application, Emily Reed said the course helped her become more resilient.

“I was very anxious to be pushed out of my comfort zone,” she added. “After completing the course I am more open to challenges and am better at remaining calm and dealing with pressured situations.”

How to apply

Each Skills for Life Award Scholarship is worth up to £849 – 50 per cent of the course fee.

To be eligible, young people must be a UK resident/passport holder aged between 15-19 years on the start date of the course. For more information, call 01931 740000 or visit

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