Celebration time for new course youngsters

Some of the students celebrating their success

Some of the students celebrating their success

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THE FIRST group in Eastbourne to complete a new course backed by the youth charity The Prince’s Trust celebrated its success with a final presentation at Sussex Downs College.

The Prince’s Trust Get into Social Care programme was a three-week course funded by East Sussex County Council and delivered in partnership with Sussex Downs College.

The programme was aimed at unemployed 16-18 year olds living in the local area and designed to deliver two weeks of vocational and employability training followed by one week’s work placement.

The participants gained food safety, first aid qualifications and certificated courses in health and safety and manual handling all aimed to support them to access employment, voluntary work or further training.

The course was developed to support the young people develop new skills and find out more information about opportunities in the health and social care sector.

Nicola Godden, care co-ordinator at the college, said, “The work based learning health and social care team have thoroughly enjoyed delivering this programme in partnership with the Prince’s Trust.

“The participants gained a great deal of knowledge about the sector and by the end of the programme had clear ideas about the direction they wished to pursue as a career.

“ The feedback from work placements was excellent and the group should all be very proud of their individual achievements.”