CITY College Brighton and Hove’s Prince’s Trust Team programme has been graded as outstanding in the recent annual quality review.
The programme is a 12-week personal development course for 16 to 25 year olds, which helps unemployed young people gain the skills and confidence to find a job.
Vice principal Rebecca Conroy says: “The college stepped in to support The Prince’s Trust in 2010 and it’s gone on to become one of our biggest success stories.
“We’ve established Prince’s Trust Team programmes in Shoreham, Hove, Brighton and east Brighton and provided courses for hundreds of young people.
“I’m so proud of our Prince’s Trust graduates, so many of whom have turned their lives around, gained new confidence, energy and drive and become a force to be reckoned with.”
Three in four young people supported by the trust move into work, training or education. It is four years since it joined in partnership with City College and almost 700 young people across Sussex have completed the Team programme.
The team at Shoreham supports Glebelands Day Centre, in Middle Road, for its community project.
Glebelands helps care for people with a physical, sensory or memory impairment. The project involves volunteering with members of the community to help them complete work that needs doing.
Team members Dominic Harris, 19, from Shoreham, and Jake Nicol, 25, from Brighton, shed some light on their role. They said it included activities ranging from gardening, tidying, painting and generally renovating the garden.
The pair also received dementia friends training to help improve their awareness of the condition.
Mr Harris said: “The Prince’s Trust course has really helped me with my confidence such as talking to new people and being taken out of my comfort zone on the community project.”
Mr Nicol added: “I have found the Prince’s Trust Team programme has helped me find employment and increased my employment potential.
“I have gained experience working with people I would not normally work with and made valuable contacts in the local community.”
Shoreham team leader Vicki Lee-Gleadall, said she was proud about how well the current team was doing.
The course had helped change attitudes towards young people, as well as give them the confidence and skills to find work over the past four years.
Mrs Lee-Gleadall said: “Everyone who gets older think the next generation is worse than they were.
“A lot of real positives come from young people and the ones we work with.”
The Prince’s Trust is recruiting for the next Team programme, starting in February. Contact Christina Voakes on 01273 667788 ext 410 or 07841211167, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.