Students Recognised for Getting on the Path to Success
Young people from City of Wolverhampton College were recognised for turning their lives around at a special awards evening in Telford.
Students were presented with their certificates at Meeting Point House, after overcoming personal circumstances to complete a 12 week Prince’s Trust programme.
As part of the programme the team spent two weeks on a community project at Lumley Hall in the High Street, refurbishing rooms and a recording studio used by young musicians.
They raised the £494 needed for the project by carrying out bag packs at Tesco in Madeley and Morrisons in Lawley, as well as taking part in a sponsored walk up the Wrekin.
Students also organised a coffee morning at Belmont Community Hall in Wellington, and hosted a sport event for adults with learning difficulties at TCAT.
Ashley Cook, aged 23, said: ‘The team programme has been the best thing I have ever done. It has built my confidence, and I have met friends for life.”
Team Leader Rachael Hancher said: “The team grew and developed throughout the 12 week course and they have all achieved their targets and have positive progression routes, with some moving on to apprenticeships or college courses and others pursuing work opportunities.”
The Prince’s Trust Team programme gives unemployed young people aged 16 to 25 the chance to learn new skills and improve their confidence and self-esteem through a range of outdoor activities, community work and work experience.
During the programme the young people take part in an action-packed residential week, organise fundraising activities, carry out voluntary work in the community and benefit from two weeks’ work experience with a local employer.
Participants also get help with job searches, writing a CV and interview skills, and will gain national qualifications in first aid and food safety and certificates in employability, team work and community skills.
The programme was launched in 1990 and City of Wolverhampton College has been delivering courses across the Black Country and Shropshire since September 2000 with over 2000 local young people taking part.
The Prince’s Trust aims to support 58,000 vulnerable young people this year, giving them the confidence and skills to turn their lives around. Three in four young people on Prince’s Trust schemes move into work, education or training.
For more information on the Team programme contact The Prince’s Trust team at City of Wolverhampton College on 01902 836000. The college welcomes offers from individuals and businesses to support the delivery of the programme by offering work experience, mock interviews or voluntary projects.
For further information about The Prince’s Trust, visit www.princes-trust.org.uk or call 0800 842 842.
City of Wolverhampton College offers a range of courses for people living in Wolverhampton, Bilston, Walsall, Dudley, Halesowen, Stourbridge, Bridgnorth, Sandwell and the wider West Midlands area. These include short, evening courses, both part-time and full-time qualifications, A Levels, apprenticeships, traineeships, university level courses and foundation degrees and courses for the unemployed.