Young people from City of Wolverhampton College were recognised for turning their lives around at a special awards evening in Lanesfield.
Nine students were presented with their certificates at Hilton Hall Community Centre after overcoming personal circumstances to complete a 12 week Prince’s Trust programme.
They were cheered on by Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Ian Brookfield and Mayoress Paula Brookfield, and an audience of friends and family members.
As part of the self development programme the students spent two weeks at Hilton Hall Community Centre and the Skills for Life service in Whitmore Reans, painting and revamping rooms.
They raised £280 for the projects by organising a cake sale and sponsored walk, and bag packing at Sainsbury’s in Perton.
The group also took part in a community speed watch and visited the art gallery.
Team Leader Nicola Cooke said: “The team has been exceptional. It’s been a pleasure to lead them through the 12 weeks and we wish them every success in the future.
Seventeen-year-old Ryan Watkiss, who is moving on to a traineeship with the college, said: “The Prince’s Trust has boosted my confidence massively. It has helped me unlock my true potential.”
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.