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Placements' pride for young people

Published date: 18 August 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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SIX young people have graduated with the Prince’s Trust after learning new skills during work placements with Chester and District Housing Trust (CDHT).

The Prince’s Trust team programme, which creates work and training opportunities for young people aged 16 to 25, has been supported by CDHT for more than two years.

The graduation, at Chester Town Hall, saw 12 young people receive certificates from Alex Waller, Cheshire Fire Service delivery manager on behalf of the Prince of Wales, after the students’ completed a programme run by Cheshire Fire Service.

Each course offers work experience, qualifications, practical training and community involvement to equip young people with skills to gain employment or access training and education.

CDHT has provided valuable work experience and training opportunities to more than 100 Prince’s Trust students over the last two years. Students have undertaken roles in areas, from resident involvement and administration to grounds maintenance and communications. Proud CDHT resident board members, Bert Ellery and Margi Lund attended the graduation ceremony.

Libbie Stock, CDHT youth engagement officer, said: “We are committed to helping young people back into employment. The partnership with the Prince’s Trust offers the students many opportunities. I know our resident board members were proud to attend the graduation ceremony.”

Prince’s Trust student Demi Wright, 19, who had a placement with the housing provider’s communications team, said: “I have had the chance to do things I would have never done, giving me a great sense of achievement.”

Macauley Calby, 18, thanked Avenue Services, part of Sanctuary Group, for the support and training he received during his placement. He said: “I had some great feedback about how polite and helpful I was from a member of the public and I’ve learnt new skills which will be helpful with my future worklife.”

Speaking at the awards, chairman of Chester Fire Board Cllr Eleanor Johnson, said: “It’s wonderful to see partner organisations supporting these young people as experience has told us that 80 per cent of Prince’s Trust graduates go on to better things. I hope the students have seen what they are capable of.”

CDHT is part of Sanctuary Housing and is offering placements through the Prince’s Trust work-based learning programme in November. Potential applicants can email Libbie Stock: libbie.stock@sanctuary-housing.co.uk, call or text 07557 285441.

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