A group of young people from Winsford learnt a whole range of news skills and were honoured for their achievements at an awards ceremony.
The team of 11 all took part in a Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service-led Price’s Trust team programme.
They all dressed in black tie and evening dresses for the celebration at Capesthorne Hall, where they gave a two-minute speech about their time on the course.
The speeches were in front of a packed audience of local dignitaries, family, friends and people who helped and mentored them over the 12-week course.
Graduating from the course were: Jordan Turner; Michael Theasby; Abbie Jackson; Shannon Bellis; Elliot Pugh; James Stirrup; Morgan Allington; David Bray; David Hough; Daniel Jordan and Daniel Blain.
Louise Jordan was the employed team member from Barclays who assisted the team throughout the programme as part of an ongoing partnership with Cheshire Fire and The Prince’s Trust.
Programme manager was Jason McTigue, and assistant programme manager was Jennie Pye.
Prince’s Trust project co-ordinator for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Tamsen Lesko, said: “This course is another example of how the service provides value to the community. A lot of the young people on the course have few or no qualifications and have become disengaged, leading to social problems.
“Over the last 12 weeks these young people have learnt respect, self-confidence and a variety of new skills. They have grown as individuals and now have clear aims and objectives in life.”
The team took part in a number of activities during the programme which included: raising money for a community project by bag-packing at a local supermarket; food hygiene and first aid courses; disability awareness and fire awareness; a four-day team building event in North Wales.
The Prince’s Trust team programme is a 12-week course giving young people between the ages of 16 and 25 the opportunity to learn new skills, complete qualifications and gain greater self-confidence.