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Young people learn new skills with Chester and District Housing Trust.

15 August 2014
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Six young people have graduated with the Prince’s Trust after learning new skills during their work placements with Chester and District Housing Trust (CDHT).

CDHT supporting the Prince’s Trust team programme

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

Students graduate after working at CDHT

The graduation, at Chester Town Hall, saw 12 young people receive certificates from Alex Waller, Cheshire Fire Service Delivery Manager on behalf of HRH the Prince of Wales, following the students’ successful completion of an intensive 12 week programme run by the Cheshire Fire Service.

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

Students learn new skills with CDHT

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 a variety of areas from resident involvement and administration to grounds maintenance and communications.

CDHT Resident Board members attend the graduation

Proud CDHT Resident Board members, Bert Ellery and Margi Lund attended the graduation ceremony.

CDHT partnership working

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 added: “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 work life.”

Speaking at the Awards, Chairman of Chester Fire Board Cllr Eleanor Johnson, said: “We’ve heard some truly inspirational stories from the young people. 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 work placements for young people

CDHT 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.