Proud students were congratulated after they completed the Prince’s Trust Team Programme. In a ceremony at the Grimsby Institute, 15 people between the ages of 16 and 25 were awarded certificates.
Students were presented with certificates and each gave a speech.
Guest speakers included a representative from the Jobcentre and Humberside Fire And Rescue Service Chief Officer Dene Sanders.
Jamie Morris, Prince’s Trust manager for the fire service, said: “Participants have taken part in a range of activities.
“The aim is to develop their personal skills so they can move on to further education and employment.
“A lot of young people want to get a job but struggle.
“The course gives them the opportunity to motivate themselves and gain the skills and confidence to find work. The experience they get is invaluable.
“We’re here to celebrate their achievement.
“The course isn’t easy and it has involved a lot of hard work”.
Stacey Oliver, 18, has a job lined up.
She said: “I didn’t know much about the course before I started.
“I’ve got so much from it, it’s so worthwhile.
“I did work experience at Weelsby Riding School because I want to be a riding instructor.
“They have offered me a job and I also work in a cafe.
“I have made loads of friends while doing the course and I think we’ll all stay in touch.”
Aaron Hidderley, 23, applied for the course because he wanted to broaden his knowledge.
“The course has been really helpful and has given me more confidence and motivation to get a job.”
Two people were unable to attend the ceremony because they were in employment already.
To be eligible for the programme you must be aged between 16 and 25 and unemployed.
More than 70 per cent of unemployed participants go on to jobs, training or further education within three months of completing.
There are three courses in Grimsby each year.
For more information, go to www.princes-trust.org.uk