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There was moving Prince’s Trust Team One presentation at Sussex Coast College Hastings on Thursday 11th December.

Young people who had been placed on the 12 week programme saw the end of their time on the Prince’s Trust Team Programme being celebrated by members of the audience, including the Deputy Lord-Lieutenant, Mr Julian Avery, the Mayor of Hastings, Councillor Bruce Dowling, and other distinguished guests, friends and family.

Students took part in many experiences including a week away trying new things and learning how to work with others. For many, this was their first time away from home.princes-trust

The course also included work experience, CV writing, interview practice and helping out in the community. One student, Robin, commented, ‘I did things I didn’t think I would be able to do.’

Another student, Grace added, ‘I am proud of myself and my team for giving everything a go.’

Team leader Andy Dukes, added, ‘For these youngsters, the presentation today was the hardest part, but they have done it and I hope they are as proud of themselves as I am of them.’

Many team members had been passed on from ‘opt into’ courses or referred through the job centre with many planning to continue education at the college or go onto offered work placements.

Grace continued, ‘I never knew what I wanted to do with my life, but now I know I want to be a fire-fighter and I am going to join the Uniform Public Services course at SCCH, and focus on my maths and English.’

One student, Jake, who has gained a job from the experience, commented, ‘ During my time with the Prince’s Trust I have gained a lot more confidence and I have now gained myself a job in the place where I did my work experience part of the programme.’

Vice Principal Dan Shelley commented, ‘The presentation was amazing – really moving to hear the students stories. There were few dry eyes in the room.’