Prince’s Trust at The Bedford Learning Centre

Published on 02 January 2019

Prince’s Trust at The Bedford Learning Centre

Young people are invited to sign up for the Bedford College Prince’s Trust Team 3 will be starting on Monday 28th January 2019 at the Learning Centre, 88 High Street.

The 12-week adventure of personal discover will include a week’s residential course, a community project and employment skills training.

The previous Team 2 report is here:

The young people from Bedfordshire and beyond, some of whom have never stayed away from home, were sent to the Peak District where they did caving, abseiling and rock climbing. The tucker trials involved them all preparing and serving real meals whilst on the week-long trip.

Next up was a fund-raising and community project for the King’s Arms Night Shelter in Clarendon Street where they decorated the property and the garden. This included persuading a generous local company to give them a new kitchen cooker.

When it came to work placements they were supported by Barclaycard, Northants who hosted them on coaching sessions on CV writing, interviews and the basics of setting up a business.

At a presentation night at the Trinity Theatre in Bromham Road, part of The Bedford College Group estate, Warrant Officer Michelle Smith handed over their certificates. She had welcomed the group to an exclusive search and rescue exercise at the Joint Forces Command Chicksands in Central Beds. She the super six: “You have achieved so much in 12 weeks, take that experience and use it in your next move in life and remember how far you have come.”

Ian Pryce CBE CEO and Principal of The Bedford College Group said: “Staff at Tresham College have run Prince’s Trust Team courses successfully for years helping hundreds of young people to get on the right path to further education and employment. To see that being replicated here in Bedford with our first and now second Team demonstrates how by being bigger, we as a group are getting better at sharing best practice.”

Mark Williams thanked Barclaycard, Brewers Decorator Centre, Travis Perkins, Signs Express, Cottage Bakery and all the families and friends who helped the team members. Contact Mark for how to join Team 3 on (01234) 291361 mwilliams@bedford.ac.uk

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