Prince's Awards for Askham Bryan College Students
Eight students from Askham Bryan College had particular cause to celebrate as on Friday 4 May, they received their awards from The Prince's Trust in a presentation ceremony. And for Nathan Craine, 19, of Acomb and Rosie Pendleton aged 16, of Selby, it was particularly significant as they received individual awards as the best Team Member award (Nathan) and Most Improved Team Member (Rosie).
The awards were made by the Sheriff of York, Alan Deller, and the eight were: Josh Crow, Matt Codling, Carl Herrington, Faye Leavy, Christina Lofthouse, Declan Parks, plus Nathan and Rosie.
All received the Level 1 Prince's Trust Certificate in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills, and Level 2 Awards in Emergency First Aid at Work. To gain the certificates they have taken part in a 12 week programme across a wide range of activities.
Andrew Hall, Prince's Trust Team Leader at Askham Bryan College said: “The awards are aimed at encouraging personal growth and developing skills for life and the success of these young people is richly deserved. For several, this will be their most important achievement to date so it is very significant. They have all gained in confidence and knowledge, and are now much better equipped to achieve their full potential in life.”
For 17 year old Faye Leavy who comes from Copmanthorpe, a career in motor engineering is now in her sights. “The programme really helped to build up my skills and confidence, so much so that I've decided to go for my Level 3 in Vehicle and Motor Sport Engineering, so I will be back at Askham Bryan in September as a full time student.”
Over the past three months, their activities included working with a York community project at the former Nestle site, building raised beds for allotments for disabled users. A week was also spent working with adults with learning difficulties at Brunswick Organic Nursery at Bishopthorpe, and personal development skills were enhanced during a residential week in the Peak District when orienteering, caving, abseiling and climbing were on the agenda.
In addition, the students have undertaken two week's work experience, developed writing their CVs and interview skills as well as putting on their wellies and helping out at the College farm.
For 18 year old Matt Codling of York, it has provided much needed focus after leaving school. He said: “Working together as a team with people from different backgrounds has broadened my horizons and following my work experience with the RSPCA in York, I'm going to continue there as a volunteer.”
Picture shows: Askham Bryan College students with their awards.