Our Prince’s Trust Award-Winners

Prince’s Trust Rising Star Runner-up Award
James McHarg

A former Cambridge Regional College student has won a runner-up prize in a national award scheme.

James McHarg was named a runner-up of the LEA Rising Star award at the Prince’s Trust and Samsung ‘Celebrate Success’ awards for his achievements on the Prince’s Trust programme at the college.

James receives his award from George Galanopoulos, MD of sponsor London Executive Aviation

The 23 year-old was in the second year of his Sports Science degree when his mother developed a life-threatening illness, which eventually led to a family breakdown. He became her carer but had to drop out of college to carry out the role, which led to him developing depression.

He was trying to get his life back on track when a JobCentre advisor recommended the Prince’s Trust team programme, a 12-week personal development course delivered in partnership with CRC that helps unemployed young people gain the skills and confidence to find work.

James said: “I’d been unsuccessful in applying for jobs and so decided to express interest, although I was hesitant at first. Getting involved was the start of a huge turnaround in my life. It helped me to rediscover myself, learn new skills and better the ones I already had. I really resonated with the team leaders and started to become willing to communicate with other people again.”

After completing the programme, and following a successful two-week placement, James began working full-time at a nationwide concessionary travel assessment company, a situation he would barely have thought possible 12 months ago.

James said: “If I’d not got involved with The Prince’s Trust I honestly have no idea what turns my life would have taken. It seems almost impossible how far my progress has come in only 12 months, and I now feel so much more positive about my future. I’ve taken the lessons from the programme to better myself, and I’ve since returned to university. To go from unemployed and unmotivated to full-time work and then university in such a short time is incredible, and I’m just so grateful.

“It’s a great honour to be recognised for my achievements. I recommend the Prince’s Trust for anyone looking for direction in their lives.”

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