New College Lanarkshire recently hosted an information evening on a successful college partnership project with the Prince’s Trust.
The event, aimed at engaging current and potential stakeholders, promoted the Prince’s Trust Team programmes which are currently accepting applications for September following the success of former initiatives.
Prince’s Trust Team Programmes are delivered across the College’s Motherwell, Cumbernauld and Coatbridge campuses. ‘Team’ is a nationally-recognised 12-week personal development programme for 16-25 year olds which offers an opportunity to gain new skills, achieve a qualification and meet new people – all while making steps towards future employment.
Jason Connelly, Rebecca Chappell and Lizzie Clark, who are currently on the Team programme, spoke of their experiences and the positive impact it has had on their lives.
Rebecca said: “Prince’s Trust has definitely increased the confidence I have in myself and my abilities. After taking part in this programme I am sure I can now do anything I set my mind to.”
The evening was opened by the Provost of North Lanarkshire Council, Councillor Jean Jones, and was attended by a number of partners including North Lanarkshire Council, Skills Development Scotland, Routes to Work Ltd., Getting Better Together, Police Scotland and local employers.
Provost Jean Jones said: “The Team programme is a fantastic addition to the range of support available to young people in North Lanarkshire. It was inspirational to hear its positive impact directly from young people on the programme.”
Atta Yaqub, Prince’s Trust Programme Manager, added: “The Prince's Trust is a strong supporter and partner of New College Lanarkshire and aims to further develop the Team programme within the campuses as well as offering additional enrichment to participants where required.”
Stuart Matson, Community Programmes Manager responsible for Prince’s Trust Teams at New College Lanarkshire, said: “We appreciate the key support of North Lanarkshire Council, Provost Jean Jones and wider partners in recognising Team delivery in New College Lanarkshire.
“The programmes delivered thus far have already benefited over 70 young people in improving their skills, confidence and future prospects.
“We hope the evening raised the profile of the teams in North Lanarkshire and the possibility of developing partnership work and increased referrals to the College’s Prince’s Trust Teams.”
For more information about the Prince’s Trust Team Programme, please visit: www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk/courses/princes-trust