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Prince’s Trust Inspiring Young Lives in Calderdale

13th January 2014 <b>Prince’s</b> Trust Inspiring Young Lives in Calderdale

Last month, Calderdale College held a presentation evening for their Prince’s Trust Team Programme students to celebrate their successes. Jeanette Foster from the Prince’s Trust presented the students with certificates to recognise their achievements and completion of their course.

The awards evening took place at the Siddal ARLFC Rugby Club on Thursday 19th December. Staff, parents, friends, family and students came together to recognise the commitment, hard work and achievement that took place over the 12 week programme. Students were given the opportunity to shine and produced a presentation detailing what they had learnt over the duration of the course.

The Prince’s Trust Team qualification is a 12 week programme for students aged 16-25 and is aimed at developing essential skills to aid learners to achieve their goals and ambitions resulting in further study or employment.

 The programme offers students essential work experience, an opportunity to learn new practical skills, meet new people and participate in team building activities. In June, students participated in team building and outward bound activities whilst on their residential at Coldwell Activity Centre in Burnley. In July they organised a sponsored sporting event where they travelled the distance of 82km using various gym equipment including bikes, rowing machines and treadmills to renovate St George’s Youth Project surrounding grounds. In August students completed a two week work experience placement in their chosen field, allowing them to gain confidence, invaluable hands-on experience and a useful insight into career opportunities.

Matthew Robinson, Prince’s Trust Team Leader said: ‘’I am very pleased with the progress of all the team 4 students. They have all without exception enhanced there options for the future as a result of their work placement. I believe every student will prosper and succeed in the future if they focus and believe in themselves.”

 Jade Hanson, 19, is planning on improving her Maths and English skills so she can study a Level 3 course at the College: “I’m proud that I completed the programme and have gained more confidence to enable me to reapply for a course in the future. I have made new friends and worked to improve my CV which will give me a better chance of finding future employment.”

 Abrahiem Khan, 16, who is looking forward to starting a course in Public Services at the College in February said: “I joined the Team Programme because I wanted to do something worthwhile with my time and this programme was a great opportunity to get back into education and help me progress onto a Public Services course. I had to stick at something and push myself to do things that I never thought I would do. I know now that if I have determination to push myself and that I can achieve any goal I set myself in the future.”

If you are interested in finding out more about the Prince’s Trust Team Programme please email Matthew Robinson matthewro@calderdale.ac.uk for more information.

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