Princely win for students

Princes Trust learners at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology.
Princes Trust learners at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology.
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STUDENTS at a South Yorkshire college on a Prince’s Trust scheme celebrated after completing a three month programme of exciting adventures.

The teenagers at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology went on a team-building residential stay at the Leslie Johnson Centre in Staffordshire.

There they took part in a range of outdoor pursuits including rock climbing, raft building, climbing and orienteering, filling the group with confidence.

They also completed a community project at Herringthorpe United Reformed Church where they levelled out an area for a log cabin and summer house which they later erected, painted and laid the flooring.

Now one of the team Erica Abrahams has been helped by the Trust to land a work placement at the Leapfrog Day Nursery in Rotherham.

Erica hopes to become an au pair in America next year.

Another of the young people Kathrine Hancock, who now wants to become a care assistant, added: “Before I would sit at home doing nothing. But now the Prince’s Trust programme has helped me with my confidence and has motivated me to do something with my life.”

The programme ended with a celebration event staged at the Herringthorpe church.

Rotherham’s deputy mayor Coun Dave Pickering and deputy mayoress Sue Pickering came along as well as members of the Prince’s Trust and the college.

The students delivered a presentation to tell the guests about their Prince’s Trust experience and how it had changed their lives for the better.

Church member Paul Jenkins said: “The Prince’s Trust team came on site and worked extremely hard carrying out a range of tasks and it was a pleasure to have them with us,” he said.

The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is designed to build confidence, motivation, skills and qualifications of young people through a range of activities.