Prince Charles learns about college Prince’s Trust project


Pictured, HRH Prince of Rothesay, Kathleen Farrell, Motherwell Prince's Trust Team Leader, Jason Moor, Operations Manager, Prince’s Trust Scotland, Matthew Harvey, Prince’s Trust Motherwell Team 4 learner.

An initiative run by New College Lanarkshire in partnership with the Prince’s Trust has given a local teen the chance to meet the Duke of Rothesay.

Matthew Harvey, 17, from Lanark met Prince Charles following his work placement at a local horticultural centre, Castlebank Park, while taking part in the Prince’s Trust Team project.

Working at the hub for education, training, volunteering and outdoors enthusiasts, Matthew helped with planting, watering and weeding the flower beds to develop essential skills, confidence and experience – part of the project’s initiative.  

As well as his work placement, Matthew took part in a community project at Park Springs Care Home in Motherwell, helping to paint and renovate old rooms into shops and cafes for the residents and gained a REHIS Food Hygiene qualification.

Matthew said: “It was a real honour to meet the Duke of Rothesay.

“I got so much more out of the team programme than I expected. I learned about teamwork and leadership, which I really enjoyed.

“The great thing about the Prince's Trust is that they make sure that you get the individual help you need, whether it is confidence building or communication skills.

“My experience and the skills I've developed during Team should set me in good stead to do a further course and hopefully secure an apprenticeship.”

Kathleen Farrell, the Prince’s Trust Team Leader for Motherwell said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to meet the Duke of Rothesay, the founder of the Prince’s Trust.

“He spent a great deal of time chatting to us about the importance of the programme and was delighted to hear about the positive change it has made to Matthew’s life and the other learners that have completed team programmes at the college in January 2018.”

Team is a 12-week personal development programme that allows young people to gain new skills, improve their confidence, earn a qualification and meet new people.

As well at taking part in a community project to make a positive difference in the local area, young people undertaking the course also do a work placement, go on a residential trip and develop their English and Maths skills. There is also a focus on developing good interview and CV skills to help build self-esteem. Team also prepares young people who may considering further courses at college.

The 12 week team programme is delivered from New College Lanarkshire’s Coatbridge, Motherwell and Cumbernauld Campuses, with the next intake starting in September 2019.

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