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The Prince's Trust Awards in Central, Birmingham

On 3 October 2019 we celebrated our amazing young people at The Prince's Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Awards. The Prince's Trust Awards honour the achievements of young people supported by The Trust's programmes.

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Our 2019 winners

Kayanne Bond - Homesense Young Achiever

Course: Get Into Customer Service

Work with top employers who are ready to hire fresh talent, while improving your CV and interview techniques. Some courses include a trial shift with potential job offers available at the end. 

Kayanne's story

I’m working in the hospitality business, meeting new people every day and enjoying my career as a team leader. The Prince’s Trust Get into Customer Service programme gave me the opportunity to start my life over and I’m so glad that they did. 

Before I started this new role I’d worked for over 10 years in administration but was made redundant and found it difficult to find work, in addition my relationship was breaking down, I was stressed, became homeless and ended up in hospital. I had to move away from family and friends to start over, which was hard. 

While on the Get Into programme I started to feel like myself again, I was surrounded by people who also wanted to change their lives for the better. I was encouraged to step outside my comfort zone, which increased my confidence so much!  

My life is so different. I’m now a team leader, have won employer of year and I’m a full-time member of staff. I’ve gone from feeling like my life was over to feeling like anything is possible. The Trust and my employer have enabled me to reach my full potential – I’m really excited about my future!

The Young Achiever of the Year Award is sponsored by Homesense.

Alex Boardman - HSBC UK Young Ambassador of the Year 

Course: Enterprise

Got a business in mind or want to explore an idea? From training and mentoring support to funding and resources, we're here to help you become the best entrepreneur you can be. 

Alex's story

Without the help, guidance and support of The Prince’s Trust I don’t know where I’d be. Before the Enterprise programme I was lacking direction. Life has many different and difficult pressures that can be demanding for anybody, let alone somebody who suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  At the age of 15 I was attacked, and I got physically and emotionally bullied for this throughout my final year at school which made it impossible to fully concentrate on my GCSE exams.  

Painting for me was a way of being in the moment – embracing life and embracing who I am. When I paint, I am completely unaware of what is around me – it is just me and the canvas, me and the paints.   

After putting my business proposal forward to The Trust during the Enterprise programme I was given a loan, a lifeline, a chance to show everybody who has ever bullied and doubted me that I will not hide in the shadows of life.  

Since starting my art business through the Prince’s Trust I have exhibited and sold work in Moscow, Florida, New York, Massachusetts, London and have exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery, London, something I am very proud of. I have loved being part of the Prince’s Trust family and I am really enjoying being one of their Young Ambassadors.

The Young Amassador of the Year Award is sponsored by HSBC UK.

Vicki Frost - NatWest Enterprise Award 

Course: Enterprise

Got a business in mind or want to explore an idea? From training and mentoring support to funding and resources, we're here to help you become the best entrepreneur you can be.

Vickie's story

As a child parts of my childhood were spent visiting my brother in hospital and later supporting other members of my family who lived with dyslexia, Asperger’s, ADHD and social anxiety. Whilst I did not realise it at the time, I see now how this helped me understand how to communicate with people living with different conditions and gave me a passion for supporting them.

At first university did not work out for me, but once I found a course on British sign language, I knew I had found my vocation in life.  Fast forward a few years and I had graduated, had two children and was working as a professional sign language interpreter to support my family. As a single parent life was hard, but I loved the challenge of balancing family life and supporting interpreting for people in the Deaf community.

That’s when I went to The Prince’s Trust looking for advice on starting up my business, Sign Connect. My big idea was to create an app that would make documents accessible to all. By clicking on a QR code, a pre-recorded video would open and show a translation of the information into sign language, audio description and accessible subtitles.  

The company is now up and running, my client base is growing and my family and I could not be happier.

The Enterprise Award is sponsored by NatWest.

Rickie Griffith - Rising Star Award 

Course: Get Started with Apps

Gain careers advice from experts such in a week while taking part in a team project that gives you a taste of what you love. A well-deserved celebration ends the week. 

Rickie's story

I have always been told that I couldn’t do the things I wanted to do because of the challenges I faced in school resulting in a lack of qualifications. Then I found The Prince’s Trust and they showed me, that with the right support, I could do the things I’ve dreamt of doing. Since being on the Get Started with Apps programme, my life has been transformed. I now have a career in my dream job as a Software Engineer at Capgemini in Telford. 

After school and a catering course, I had a young family to provide for and secured a janitorial job. It was long hours and paid the bills, but it wasn’t the IT job that I wanted. I never gave up hope and managed to secure a place on The Prince’s Trust Get into Apps programme. Here nothing was seen as a barrier and I was determined to make the most of the opportunity. For the first time, I had people supporting me, telling me that I can do the things I wanted to do. After the course, I secured a two-week work placement with Capgemini, which resulted in the amazing opportunity of an apprenticeship. Now in 2019, I have passed my apprenticeship and am succeeding in my career at Capgemini. With the confidence The Prince’s Trust has helped me develop, all the hard work, determination and resilience has finally paid off.

The Rising Star Award is sponsored by Capgemini.

Digbeth Team 141 Community Project - Dell EMC Community Impact Award 

Course: Team

If you’re unemployed and between 16 and 25, you can meet new people, gain new skills and train on our Team programme.

Team 141's story

The Community Impact Award is sponsored by Dell Technologies.

Katie O'Sullivan - Ascential Educational Achiever of the Year 

Course: Explore

Try everything from kayaking to high ropes during an action-packed week-long residential, then choose from a range of options to create your own learning plan. 

Katie's story

If you had told me two year ago that I would be successfully studying at university with ambitions to work in the NHS, I would l have laughed at you. But I’ve made it happen and I could not be happier. I’ve overcome my barriers and challenges and now it’s time for me to help others beat theirs. 

It’s hard for people to understand, but when you’re in bad place, you feel that you are worthless, that no-one cares, and life is pointless. Fortunately, I had a caseworker who did care, and they introduced me to The Prince’s Trust. 

Having enrolled on their Explore programme I started to grow my confidence. One step at a time I managed to overcome my anxiety and became part of the team. It was not easy for me, but I was determined to succeed.  

The Prince’s Trust Explore programme really worked for me, so I took part in a few other courses and this gave me the inspiration and confidence to apply to Birmingham City University to do a mental health nursing degree. With the help of my Prince’s Trust mentor, I started my degree at the start of the year. Once I have graduated, I will use my life experiences to help other young people who are struggling with their mental health.

The Educational Achiever of the Year Award​ is sponsored by Ascential.

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Prince’s Trust Centres in Central England

Working across Central England, from Herefordshire to Norfolk and Essex to Staffordshire, we support over 10,000 young people each year.

With 10 offices in the region, all of our programmes help young people to develop the basic life skills and motivation they need to succeed in jobs, education and training. To make this happen, we create partnerships in particular sectors to ensure young people develop specific employability skills, such as customer services, retail, construction and logistics.

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