Prince's Trust helps students progress
1st March 2012
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A group of young people who successfully completed The Prince’s Trust Team programme at Solihull College are now reaping the rewards as they build their futures in new employment and education.

The Prince’s Trust Team programme is a 12-week personal development course giving disadvantaged young people the skills and confidence to find a job. Last year more than three in four young people helped by The Trust moved into work, training or education.

Two of the students have teamed up with youth organisation Rathbone to begin a new career in horticulture, while another is working as a volunteer at a local charity shop.

Three of the students have progressed onto the College’s Entry to Employment programme, which is designed for young people who have few or no formal qualifications and are unsure about their educational or job path. The course helps learners develop their English, Maths and IT skills, as well as giving them an opportunity to learn about a new subject. On completion of this, the students hope to enrol on full-time courses at the College in their chosen area.

Vanessa Morris, Prince’s Trust Team Leader, comments: “I am extremely proud of the group and their achievements both during and following the Team Programme. Each student has developed in confidence and they have learnt a variety of new skills that will help them to progress in their chosen industry.”

As part of the Team Programme, the students took part in various activities including a make-over of the Waiting Room and Remembrance Room at Robin Hood Cemetery in Solihull and raising money for the Children’s Ward at Solihull Hospital.

Student Richard Merrell, who is now working as a volunteer at Solihull Council, comments: “The Prince’s Trust Team Programme has really helped me develop in confidence and realise what I want to do with my life. I am enjoying working with the Environmental Champions at the Council and I hope to progress onto an Apprenticeship in the near future.”

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