Students Graduate Through College's Princes Trust Programme

Mon, 2001-12-17 00:00

A group of students are celebrating as they become the latest intake to successfully complete the Prince’s Trust Team Programme at East Durham College.

The eight students were presented with their certificates for successfully completing the 12-week programme at a graduation ceremony held last week at East Durham College’s Houghall Campus in Durham.

The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is a personal development course for 16 to 25 year olds designed to help develop their confidence, motivation and skills through activities to help with vital teamwork skills.

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

Simon Campbell, Public Sector Partnerships Manager at the Prince’s Trust, praised the students for what they have achieved and also the staff at the College for their work with the students on the programme.

Simon said: “It’s fantastic to see these young people achieve so much. They have overcome the negative stereotypes and gave something back to the community.

“The way the course is managed is fantastic. Mark (Lambert) and Greg (Corcoran do an amazing job to help these young people on this journey.”

Paige Weatherson, 17, from Brandon, has successfully completed the course and has hailed the Prince’s Trust Team Programme as life changing.

Paige said: “I now find things in life that are worthwhile and I’m much more positive and confident, the course has been life changing.

“I’m very grateful to the work done by Mark and Gregg and since completing the course I’m now looking for a full time job.”

Greg Corcoran, Assistant Team Leader, added: “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 that will enable them to move forward and be the best they can be in whatever they set their minds on.”

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