Princes Trust Team 4 Graduate

Sun, 2001-07-15 01:00

Greg Corcoran (First Left), Prince's Trust Assistant Team Leader, and far right Prince's Trust Team Leader Mark Lambert with the successful TEAM 4 graduates

A group of students are celebrating after completing their Prince’s Trust Team Programme and took part in a graduation-style ceremony last week.

The event marked the completion of the 12-week programme by Prince’s Trust Team 4, from East Durham College’s Houghall Campus in Durham, and the tremendous effort the students had shown.

The Prince’s Trust Programme is a Personal Development Course for 16 to 25 year olds designed to help develop their confidence, motivation and skills through teamwork in the community.

During the programme students complete a community based project, work experience, intensive team building and personal development initiatives and a Team challenge, which allows them to achieve a recognised qualification in an informal environment.

One student who successfully completed the programme was Danielle Colman, 16, from Brendon.

As part of the programme, Danielle spent a week on work experience with Ideal Caravans in Langley Moor and impressed bosses there so much she has now been taken on as an Apprentice.

“The programme has helped me build up my confidence to be able to move on to applying for jobs and apprenticeships. I’m so pleased I have got an apprenticeship and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Danielle.

}As part of the community aspect of the project Team 4 raised their own funds, by holding car washes and a Valentine’s Day raffle, then once they had raised enough funds they purchased paint and materials to renovate the Bowburn Youth Centre.

Greg Corcoran, Assistant Team Leader with Prince’s Trust, said: “Over the last 12 weeks we have seen the Team learn new skills, form friendships and give something back to their local community.

“They have created the foundations we hope will enable them to move forward and be the best they can be in whatever they set their minds on.”

Prince’s Trust student Hazir Hussain, 25, from Birmingham, has also completed the programme and now has big plans to set up his own Bollywood Academy.

“I really enjoyed the programme and I’m quite sad that it’s come to an end, but I have learnt so much and built upon my skills. I have made some really close friends and throughout the tasks we supported and motivated each other.

“The tutors have really helped me build up my confidence to enable me to make the decision to become self-employed and open my own Bollywood style dance and acting academy.

“I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the Prince’s Trust Programme and the support from tutors and the Team.”

If you’d like to find out more about how to enrol on the next Prince’s Trust Team programme please call 0191 375 4710.