Young people given opportunity to learn new skills in Halton

The Prince's Trust Halton team pictured with Chair of Cheshire Fire Authority Cllr Stef Nelson opening the community project and staff from COSAC and students from University of Chester.

A work-focused training academy in Runcorn has supported a group of young people to gain valuable skills as part of a Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service-led The Prince’s Trust Programme.

The team of 13, aged between 16 and 25, all live in Halton and spent three weeks at COSAC Compliance and Skills Academy on Manor Park, working with training staff and design students from the University of Chester, to develop a Smart Street concept on an inside wall at the training skills centre.

As part of the project, which started on Monday, June 10, the team spent time completing the design work and learnt how to plan and budget for a job. They also gained an understanding of health and safety within the workplace, before getting hands on experience in construction and painting.

Jason McTigue is the programme manager for the Halton Prince’s Trust Team and oversaw the project. He said: “The team worked together with students from the University of Chester on this project to design and create the street scene artwork. The space is now visually inspiring and will provide motivation and increased spatial awareness for future students to train in at COSAC. It was a vast space but they worked really hard and pulled out all the stops to get it finished on time and in budget. These young people have certainly grown in confidence thanks to COSAC and I’m really proud of them all.”

Led by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, The Prince’s Trust Programme aims to move young people into full time employment so this project was an ideal opportunity for the team to work on. As part of the 12-week course the team has to complete a community project to graduate from the programme, which is intended to give them the opportunity to learn new skills, complete qualifications and gain greater self-confidence.

Chris Langford, Chairman of LSG said: “As the LSG group of businesses, and in this instance - COSAC, we are delighted to have been involved, are proud to support this great cause. Not only have we now enhanced our workplace with this fantastic artistic design but also we have helped to support the development of young people from the local area which is so worthwhile and hopefully a great experience for all involved.”

The artwork was designed by University of Chester students, Serena Cafferatta, a second year Fine Art student, and Harriet Sharp, who is on the second year of a Photography degree. Both Serena and Harriet designed and project-managed the mural to represent a ‘smart street’ of the future.

Dr Jeremy Turner, Deputy Head of Art and Design at the University of Chester, said: “Serena and Harriet worked together on this project as a highly successful and focussed team. Together they were responsible for the design of the ambitious art work and the practicalities of working with a team on The Prince’s Trust programme to implement that work, alongside daily planning and thorough photographic documentation of the whole project. They successfully utilised their Fine Art and Photography programme based skills in this process but also had to consider the management of time, the logistics of the project, working with a whole range of partners and handling complex sets of information. All this they did with understanding, empathy, good humour and a high level of professionalism. Both Serena and Harriet are a real credit to the Department of Art and Design and indeed the University and we’re really proud of what they have achieved.”

Deputy Chair of Cheshire Fire Authority Cllr Stef Nelson attended the hand over. He thanked COSAC and the University of Chester for giving the young people this amazing opportunity and wished them all good luck in the future.

If anyone would like to find out more information about the next Halton programme then please contact Jason McTigue on 07817 691 030.

Photo caption: The Prince's Trust Halton team pictured with Chair of Cheshire Fire Authority Cllr Stef Nelson opening the community project and staff from COSAC and students from University of Chester.

Date published: Wed, 03 Jul 2019 15:32:44 GMT

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The Prince's Trust Halton team pictured with Chair of Cheshire Fire Authority Cllr Stef Nelson opening the community project and staff from COSAC and students from University of Chester.