Students' achievements recognised by Prince's Trust

Two graduates from City of Glasgow College have triumphed at this year’s Prince’s Trust Awards.

Hugh Mcgarvie took the Rising Star Award for young people who, despite facing substantial personal obstacles, are in employment as a result of a Prince’s Trust programme.

Melanie Henry won the Breakthrough Award which recognises the progress a young person makes in overcoming barriers and developing new skills.

Both students completed an SQA in Communications at the college and took part in the Prince’s Trust Team programme, a 12 week personal development programme based at the college’s City campus.

Melanie, who is now an Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and is volunteering to support other vulnerable young people. She said:

“There are not enough words to describe how much The Prince’s Trust has changed my life. I used to see everyone as an enemy. But in reality, it was me. Now I trust people, I believe in myself and I get to share my experiences with other young people and help them. It’s amazing.”

Hugh works for House of Fraser following a two week work placement whilst he was on the programme and has recently been promoted to Brand Consultant. He said:

“The Prince’s Trust programme gave me the strength to face my fears and the opportunities to find my hidden talents. Now I work in retail and talk with customers every day, and I am hoping to study social sciences at college so I can follow my ambition of becoming a youth worker. I like myself and where my future’s going.”

Nicola McTaggart is a Prince’s Trust Team Leader, she said:

“The Team Programme is an opportunity for young people to engage in a personal development programme to help overcome barriers, gain qualifications, and increase confidence and self-esteem.

“Hugh and Mel have been on amazing journey and I am extremely proud of their achievements and appreciate them sharing their experiences and inspiring other young people who come on the team programme.”

The Prince’s Trust helps young people from 11 to 30 years, who are unemployed or struggling at school, to transform their lives. Their programmes provide practical and financial support and help develop key skills while boosting confidence and motivation.

You can watch Hugh’s story here.