Project gives vital skills to jobseekers

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WEST Lancashire College’s Prince’s Trust team has completed a community project aimed at giving them the skills and confidence to find a job through activities such as community and charity work.

Students from Prince’s Trust Skelmersdale Team 40 undertook a wide range of activities at Digmoor Community Centre, painting storage containers and the inside of the community centre, plus general gardening and building maintenance.

The students also designed and installed a war memorial in the grounds of the community centre.

Claire Pollard, from the Veterans’ Association, said: “The memorial honours all the ex-servicemen and women’s hard work during the Great World War. It was back-breaking work and it’s great to see the young people working so hard to honour those involved. It’s great publicity for young people, they don’t often get represented well in the media and the Prince’s Trust is working hard to change this.”

Learners were recognised at a presentation afternoon at the community centre and Digmoor councillor Kevin Wilkie said: “It has definitely benefitted the community. It is evident that the young people have put their new skills into practice and they’ve produced some top quality work.”