Prince's Trust celebrate at St. Andrew's

11 students and their families from Digbeth Police Station’s Team 108 were invited to the City Room on Wednesday to show their achievements throughout the programme.

The Team Programme is a 12-week personal development course offering work experience, qualifications, practical skills, community projects and a residential week.

The Club offers the Prince’s Trust an opportunity for team members to gain invaluable experience on a work placement that helps complete a final project.

Since the beginning of the year the Club has taken on five students, with two of those securing a permanent position within our matchday hospitality.

Kelly Brookes, Team Leader at West Midlands Police believes Birmingham City have made a big contribution to Team 108.

“Team 108 are very grateful to the Club for letting the team come along and hold their final presentation at St. Andrew's to celebrate all they have achieved during the last 12 weeks.

"This has included cooking for the homeless, creating an outside space for a community hub , fundraising activities and much more.

"Working with big organisations from the local area is vitally important for us, as it shows young people that there are opportunities available to help them have a bright future.

“We are delighted to have a strong relationship with the Club and we are looking forward to strengthening this with more students throughout the year."

A Prince’s Trust team is usually made up of 12-15 people between the ages of 16-25 and since it’s launch in 1990 over 115,000 people have taken part in the programme.

The Club are currently working with three Princes Trusts teams - Digbeth, Solihull and Chemsley Wood and three more students will gain experience at the Club before the end of the year.

Ingrid Ludolph, Programme Executive at the Prince’s Trust is delighted to see a community presence such as Birmingham City get involved with their projects.

“It’s important to have Birmingham City involved with the program,” said Ludolph.

“It’s fantastic that an organisation of this size shows young people there are opportunities available.

"We want to build confidence and skills through work placement and we're delighted to see Birmingham City offer permanent positions through our programme."