The Princes Trust End Of Programme Celebration

Fri, 2001-04-06 01:00

The latest group of students to take part in the Prince’s Trust Team Programme at East Durham College have celebrated successfully completing the course and their achievements.

13 students took part in a graduation style event held to celebrate and recognise the tremendous efforts and progress each student, and the group as a whole, had made.

Judith Stothard, Head of Programme, Amanda Jeffels, Programme Manager and Joanne Armstrong Programme Executive from Prince’s Trust North East Regional Office were also at the event to help acknowledge the groups hard work.

This was the third group East Durham College have put through the highly successful Team Programme, which is specifically design for young people, aged 16 to 25, many of whom may be leaving care, young offenders, educational underachievers and the long term unemployed.

Team Leader Mark Lambert, who runs the programme at the College’s Houghall Campus in Durham, said: “I’m so proud of the Team, they have come such a long way in such a short time. They have all shown great commitment and effort.

“They have tackled any arising problems put in front of them and never backed out. They have shown great determination. I’m very proud of them.”

Team is a 12-week personal development course, offering work experience, qualifications, practical skills, community projects, Team Challenge and a residential week.

It’s designed to give them the opportunity to gain a new direction in life, a new found confidence and uncover hidden talents.

More than 70% of unemployed participants go on to jobs, training or education within three months of completing.

There have been many success stories for Team 3 including the construction of a new playground garden at Blue Coat Primary School in Newton Hall Durham and setting up the Turkey Pen with the East Durham Autism Society.


Mark added: “The Prince’s Trust really is one of the most worthwhile courses for young people. It’s brilliant preparation for life in the real world and it brings a massive improvement to their confidence, communication and team working skills.

“These young people would no way have stood up on the stage and given a speech 12 weeks ago but they did today – well done.”

Mark is now looking forward to running the programme again in January 2012 with Team 4.

If you’d like to find out more about how to enrol on the next Prince’s Trust Team programme please call Mark on 07852 774 750 or speak to the Houghall Campus on 0191 375 4710.