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Prince’s Trust Plymouth Team First to Win South West Award
19 October 2018 | College News
City College Plymouth’s Prince’s Trust Team is Plymouth’s first ever group to win a South West Prince’s Trust award.
The Prince’s Trust gives 11 to 30 year-olds who are struggling at school or are unemployed the chance to transform their lives. Throughout the 12 weeks participants take part in a group community project, an action packed residential trip, two weeks’ work experience in an area they are interested in, and are also encouraged to develop their English and maths skills and interview techniques to give them the confidence to take the next step into employment or further training.
Team number 236 won the Community Impact Award, which recognises the positive contribution young people can make to their local community. The team of 12 were put forward for the work they have been undertaking at Stonehouse Tennis Lawns. They have been creating a green space for the wider community to enjoy by clearing gardens, removing large rocks, tree trucks and debris from the ground.
City College Plymouth’s Lead Training Officer, Cheryl Powell, said: “It is incredibly exciting to be the first Plymouth team to win a Prince’s Trust award. It is a testament to the unbelievable commitment and determination Team 236 showed throughout the project.
“These young people have faced many barriers and obstacles in their lives, overcoming mental health issues, life changing health conditions and unemployment and this project has given them the opportunity to stabilise their lives and develop key skills.
“They all started out as strangers but by the end of this project I believe they have become lifelong friends. This programme has not only helped the community but enabled these young people to come out of their shells and gain confidence.”
Dayne Turbitt, Senior Vice President at Dell EMC, who sponsored the Community Impact Award, said: “I am proud to congratulate Team 236 Plymouth for successfully winning the Community Impact Award. They have demonstrated how working together they can make a positive difference to their community whilst also learning new skills themselves. Well done to the thoroughly deserving team!”
The winners were announced at the South West Prince’s Trust Awards on Wednesday 17 October at a special ceremony in Bristol.
Those interested in starting a Prince’s Trust programme or wanting to be part of the City College Plymouth community, can find out about the full range of courses available at their Open Day on Saturday 3 November between 10.00am and 1.00pm. Visit cityplym.ac.uk/events or call 01752 305300 to register your interest.