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Prince’s Trust UK Chief Executive pays a visit to Stockton Riverside College

A visit from the Prince’s Trust new UK Chief Executive Nick Stace offered the perfect opportunity for Stockton Riverside College to shout about the success of its students this week.

The charity boss met with the College’s own Prince’s Trust staff and students during a whistle-stop visit to the region.

Chatting to young people from the College’s Achieve programme and Darlington Prince’s Trust Team, the chief executive got to hear first-hand the real benefits of the personal development programmes and how they are helping to change lives.

Impressed by the work being carried out at the College, Mr Stace said: “I came along today to see Achieve for older learners in practice.

“I discovered that this college is a pioneer across the region and probably across the country in what they are doing, reconnecting these young people with education, training and with employment.”

With 82% of the College’s Prince’s Trust students moving on to positive destinations, he said the statistics speak for themselves but he added that the true testament comes from speaking to the young people themselves.

The College has been working with the youth charity as a Prince’s Trust Team delivery partner for more than 20 years and in that time has supported more than 3,000 young people in developing their employment, teamwork and communication skills.

Stockton Riverside College’s Head of Department Prince’s Trust Gillian Hutchinson said: “It is always great to welcome our Prince’s Trust guests and to meet the new UK Chief Executive this week. It was a very positive meeting and we are looking forward to working together more in the future.”

The Prince’s Trust Team programme is a free 12-week personal development programme for those aged 16 to 25. The College delivers an Achieve programme dedicated to those aged 16 to 18.