The Prince’s Trust Team Three at Sussex Coast College Hastings celebrated student success this week, for the third time. The team have plans to continue the work and increase the amount of young people whose lives are changed thanks to the Prince’s Trust programme. The presentation saw 12 young people being presented with award certificates for successful completion of the course.
The afternoon kicked off with Vice Principal, Dan Shelley, expressing his pride in the students involved in the project, and the value that the young people have put back into our local society.
The young people then took it in turn to talk about their involvement in the project and some spoke about their personal journeys in a moving, yet inspiring speech.
Young person, Matthew Nisbet said, ‘before the Prince’s Trust, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I was on job seekers and felt useless. Now I feel like I am an asset to society and have met lots of kind and interesting people.’
Nathan Jones and Hollie Chidgey spoke about the community project that the team were involved with at Fairlight Hall. ‘We had to make a classroom safer for children to use, build flower beds, clear the ground and so much more.’
Simon Everitt, Estate Manager at Fairlight Hall spoke about the incredible work the young people had done, showing courage and determination to get the project done. ‘I am very proud of you all and wish you the best of luck in the future’ concluded Simon.
The young people then talked about their personal experiences with one student saying, ‘joining this team was the best decision I ever made’ and another saying ‘Prince’s Trust has changed me for the better, without this team, I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing today.’
The young people also took part in a week’s work experience, where one member was offered a job and didn’t end up completing the course! A number of others are going onto Traineeships or college to pursue careers in a variety of things from construction, automotive technician, equine care, childcare and youth work.
Victoria Padgham undertook her work experience with The Royal Victoria hotel and now plans to go into a career as front of house, a real turnaround from a shy girl who didn’t have any self-confidence!