The Newcastle-under-Lyme branch of the Prince’s Trust is celebrating after helping a total of 306 groups of young people through a self-development course.
The latest group to have completed the 12-week course received certificates of completion in a presentation evening in All Saints Church hall.
The programme was set up by the Prince’s Trust to help young people overcome problems such as low self-confidence, poor literacy skills, alcohol and drug addictions.
The course aims to equip participants with skills and qualifications to help them into employment.
Marley Jones, aged 16, from Blurton, took part in the course and said: “I hope my mum is most proud out of everyone.
“She has been supporting me throughout.
“I normally quit everything but I have learned not to and instead to carry on.
“The programme has given me great confidence.”
The group has e worked towards four nationally-recognised qualifications, one of which is the prestigious Prince’s Trust Certificate in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills.
Clinton Barker, aged 25, from Meir, said: “I hope gaining these qualifications has made my three-year-old daughter, Phoebe, proud of me and that I will now be able to improve our lives.”
During the course, the participants took part in a five-day team-building exercise, completed a two-week work placement and a five-day challenge, during which they helped elderly people.
Beth Alvey the team leader of the 306th group said: “The 306 team members all now have their individual pathways on to their chosen careers with the life skills and experiences that they have gained from the Prince’s Trust Team Programme which will aid and enable them to grow both professionally and personally throughout their lives.”